Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Conference: New Approaches to Burning

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Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Conference: New Approaches to Burning

January 28

$20 – $75
Practitioners, landowners, students, and volunteers – come learn about new & expanded ways to get fire on the ground safely and effectively!



A morning of presentations by prescribed burning experts will be followed by a networking lunch (meal included in registration) and an afternoon of panel discussions for students, landowners, and practitioners.

Event Agenda:

8:30 – 9:15 AM: Registration/mingling (light breakfast and coffee available)

9:15 – 9:30: Opening remarks

9:30 – 11:30: Presentations: Indigenous uses of fire

Presentations: Scientific and Cultural Uses of Fire in Northern Wisconsin

Joining us from Fond du Lac are Vern Northrup, artist and retired wildlands firefighter, and Paul Priestley, wildland fuels specialist. They will be sharing the video Oshkigin – The Spirit of Fire, and providing more information on how they are utilizing prescribed fire on Indigenous lands. They will present on how and why we seek to get more fire on the ground safely and effectively in the northern realm of the Midwest from both a scientific and cultural perspective.

11:30 – 12:15: Coffee break

12:15 – 1:15: Presentation 

Presentation: Growing season burning: Applying fire science to open the burn window

Jack McGowan-Stinski is the Program Manager for the Lake States Fire Science Consortium. This talk will explore the difference in fire effects and fire behavior (phenology and physiology, natural community responses, timing, intensity and severity, scale and frequency, and smoke considerations) between growing season and dormant season burns.

1:15 – 2:30: Networking lunch

2:30 – 4: Concurrent panels

Panel 1: Breakout session with morning presenters for practitioners

  • Vern Northrup; Retired wildland firefighter, Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe
  • Paul Priestley; Wildland Fuels Specialist, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Jack McGowan-Stinski; Program Manager, Lake States Fire Science Consortium

Panel 2: Future Career opportunities utilizing Rx fire for students and young professionals

  • Renae Essenmacher; Senior Forester Ranger, Washburn County, Wisconsin DNR
  • Jim Elleson; Founder, Quercus Land Stewardship Services
  • Karina Cardella; Wisconsin Land Stewardship Crew Lead, The Nature Conservancy

Panel 3: How do we get more fire on the ground safely and effectively for private landowners?

  • Steve Bertjens; Natural Resource Conservation Service, Conservation easements and funding to promote land management.
  • Clay Frazer; Pheasants Forever, Prescribed burn support for private landowners
  • Evan Nelson; Good Oak Ecological Services, Hiring a contractor to burn on your property
  • Jeb Barzen; Private Lands Conservation LLC, Landowner-led prescribed burns

4:15 – 4:45: Wrap-up and sendoff

Students and members of the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council can enjoy discounted registration for this conference. Not a member yet? Join today and save!

Please utilize FREE parking for the event in Lots E and Y: UWSP Map

We are very grateful for the generous support of our sponsors!

Good Oak Ecological Services

Quercus Land Stewardship Services

Heartland Ecological Group Inc.


UW-Stevens Point
Daniel O. Trainer Natural Resources Building Phillips St, Stevens Point, WI 54481
Stevens Point, WI 54481 United States
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