NRS News Release
Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference to Focus on Managing Oak Woodlands and Savannas
COLUMBIA, MO, April 18, 2011 - The U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station and partners will present the fourth Fire in the Eastern Oak Forests Conference on May 17-19, 2011, in Springfield, Mo. Sixteen presentations on the theme of “Managing Oak Woodlands and Savannas in the Forest-Prairie Region” will be offered as part of the conference.
The Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference is a major symposium focused on fire in oak forests, woodlands and savannas. Noted experts in research and management will present state-of-the-art information, perspectives and synthesis on key issues. The conference is held once every 3 to 5 years; the most-recent conference was held in 2008. This symposium is designed for managers, scientists, landowners, consultants and students and will emphasize topics relevant to managing oak-dominated forests, woodlands and savannas.
The presentations and posters offered by scientists and managers will address topics including:
- Restoring oak woodlands and savannas in the Cross Timbers Region, the Ozark Highlands, and Midwestern landscapes
- Natural and fire history of the Ozark Highland Region
- Human history, culture, and fire-use in the Ozark Highland Region
- The history and current use of fire in natural resource public agencies in the Midwest
- Patch grazing in woodlands and savannas to simulate the role of large ungulates
- Ecosystem services and climate change adaptation
- The role of fire in the southern Appalachian Region during the Holocene
- Fire effects on bats and reptiles
- Managing woodlands and savannas for songbirds
- Invasive species in woodland and savanna restoration
- Wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance
The conference will be held at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Springfield, Mo., and will include 2 days of presentations by speakers and a field trip day. More information is available at the conference website: http://muconf.missouri.edu/easternfire/
Registration is $175 and includes breaks, lunches, one conference dinner and a conference program. Registration is $75 for students.
Key sponsors and supporters of this conference include: U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station; U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry; Joint Fire Science Program; U.S. Forest Service, Mark Twain National Forest; Missouri Department of Natural Resources; National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; and Missouri State University.
Participation in the Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference counts as 17 contact hours in Category I Organized Activities for The Wildlife Society’s certified wildlife biologist renewal/professional development certificate program, and 17 credit hours in Category I in the Society of American Foresters’ continuing forestry education program.