Registration Now Open! 2024 WPFC Conference

Registration Now Open! 2024 WPFC Conference

Register HERE! 

Join peers, practitioners, students, private landowners, and experts to learn about vital topics around prescribed burning in Wisconsin, from paleo fire history to today’s trends. Friday will include the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council‘s annual Member Meeting, followed by dinner, music, and mingling. Saturday will include two keynote presentations, a networking lunch, and breakout sessions. Scroll to the bottom of the page to check out the full agenda! (Please note that details are being finalized and may be subject to change.)

Friday’s registration includes a pizza buffet dinner at Steve’s Pizza as well as a drink ticket and a live Celtic band. Saturday’s registration includes coffee, snacks, and a buffet lunch.

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

The conference will take place at UW-Platteville. All conference activities will take place in Ullsvik Hall at the northeast corner of campus near the intersection of W Main Street and N Hickory Street (location in Google Maps).

Parking for the conference is included in your registration. Please park in Lot P3a on Friday. All lots are open and free to use on Saturday.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Platteville for February 2-4 at a rate of $129 per night, with a cutoff date of January 15th for reservations. When calling to reserve a room, please refer to the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council.

THANK YOU TO OUR CONFERENCE SPONSORS!

Gold:

UW – Platteville

Good Oak Ecological Services

Quercus Land Stewardship Services

Eco-Resource Consulting, Inc

Heartland Ecological Group

NES Ecological Services

The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin

Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC

The Prairie Enthusiasts

Adaptive Restoration, LLC

Silver:

C.D. Rigdon & Associates, Ltd

Native Range Ecological

Driftless Area Land Conservancy

 

Interested in supporting this conference? Sponsorships are available! Please contact us for more details.

AGENDA

Friday, February 2nd:

1:00 – 2:30: Business Meeting of the Board of Directors

2:30 – 3: Coffee break

3 – 5:30: Presentations

  • Prescribed fire at Effigy Mounds with Rob Nurre
  • “The sound of fire” with Kara Yedinak
  • DNR partner update from Michelle Witecha

5:30 – 8: Dinner and mingling at Steve’s Pizza, featuring live music from Wrannock Celtic Trio

Saturday, February 3rd:

8:30 – 9:15: Sign in and grab a cup of coffee!

9:15 – 9:30: Gathering, opening remarks

9:30 – 11: Keynote part 1: Paleo Perspectives on the Role of Fire in Wisconsin Ecosystems

This keynote will include three talks that each share distinct evidence from charcoal, pollen, tree rings, and historical records to describe the deep history, changing dynamics, and persistent presence of fire in North American ecosystems. Collectively, these talks will illustrate how the influences of historical fires still echo in today’s ecological landscapes, thereby helping affirm the vital role of fire in the future of land stewardship across Wisconsin.

Speakers include:

· Dr. Jack Williams, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

· Dr. Jed Meunier, Ecologist and Research Scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

· Dr. Evan Larson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences & Society at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville

11 – 11:30: Coffee break

11:30 – 12:45: Keynote part 2: “What does cultural fire look like in today’s world?” with Ron Waukau

12:45 – 2:15: Networking lunch with reflections on WPFC’s 20th anniversary

2:15 – 3:45: Breakout panels

  • Advancing the use of prescribed fire in Managed Forest Law
  • The art and science of prescribed fire for private landowners
  • Building prescribed burn capacity through university training throughout Wisconsin

3:45 – 4:15: Wrap-up and sendoff