February 2011: Management of Fire-Dependent Ecosystems

Resource managers have all heard the statement that they should "use the best available science" when making management decisions. However, managers often do not know what the "best available science" is, and scientists often do not understand the type of information managers need to help them solve their real-world problems. The newly-formed Lake States Fire Science Consortium is working to improve this dialogue between managers and scientists for fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States. This presentation will introduce the Lake States Fire Science Consortium and share examples of on-going and successful manager-scientist partnerships associated with 1) jack pine forest ecosystem management and the endangered Kirtland's warbler, and 2) the restoration of red pine and eastern white pine forest ecosystems in the Lake States.

Presenters:

Charles Goebel - Dr. Goebel is an Associate Professor of Forest Ecosystem Restoration & Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. He has a B.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Michigan Tech. He and his students focus on research related to how natural and anthropogenic disturbance affect the composition, structure, and function of forest ecosystems, and how that information can be applied to design more appropriate forest ecosystem restoration strategies. He is the former national chair of the Society of American Foresters Forest and Range Ecology Working Group, and Associate Editor for Community and Vegetation Dynamics for the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, and is the lead PI for the Lake States Fire Science Consortium.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 12:00pm
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