Thursday, January 31, 2019

Prescribed Fire in Natural Resources Management

PA Forests Web Seminar Center

Date: April 9, 2019  
Times: noon - 1:00 PM and 7:00 - 8:00 PM, eastern time. Questions often last an extra 15 to 20 minutes

Registration: Presentation URL (for both times):
Handouts, PowerPoints and Recorded Presentations will be available at

Presentation summary:
Fire has played a significant role in shaping many North American ecosystems and prescribed burning is being more widely used to meet various land management objectives. Creating early successional habitat for wildlife, increasing landscape diversity, and improving oak management are among the reasons for increased use of fire in eastern forests. Fire exclusion has been linked to species composition changes in once fire-prone upland oak ecosystems that are implicated in causing cooler, wetter, closed-canopy conditions with increased abundance of fire-sensitive trees limiting oak regeneration. I'll discuss these topics and present some of our research findings that highlight how variability in moisture dynamics and flammability across species' litter and other species' traits may help explain the dynamics of fire-dependent ecosystems and the challenges for restoration in fire-excluded sites in the eastern US.

Presented by: Jesse Kreye, Assistant Professor of Fire and Natural Resources Management, Penn State University

*** Please note: Continuing Education credits are not available for reviewing recorded webinars. You must participate in the live seminar to receive credit.

This webinar counts for 1 hour of PA SFI Continuing Education (C.E.) credit. You must complete 3 additional hours of C.E. credit to add 1 year to your training card expiration date. Individuals seeking C.E. credit must submit a completed Non-SFI Course C.E. credit form (Please request that the webinar administrator send PA SFI confirmation of your participation), a course agenda or certificate of completion, and a $20 administrative fee (Check made payable to “PA SIC”) to the PA SFI office. Continuing Education credit can only extend your PA SFI Training Card expiration date by a maximum of 3-years from the current calendar year. Please refer to the PA SFI Training Policy for a complete description of the program requirements.

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