IGNITION PLANNING & PRESCRIBED FIRE TECHNIQUES FOR WILDLIFE


CLASS IS FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Hosted by Archbold Biological Station, The Florida Chapter Of The Wildlife Society, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

April 6-9, 2015
Archbold Biological Station  
123 Main Drive
Venus, FL 33960

 

This training is designed to provide wildlife biologists and land managers with basic information on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fires in Florida.  It includes sections addressing how ignition plans can be developed and implemented to meet specific wildlife objectives while minimizing risk.

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 18 MARCH 2015
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

     Topics Include: 

PRESCRIBED FIRE/WILDLIFE HABITAT ENHANCEMENT TECHNIQUES

1.      Review and understand basic habitat management principles as they relate to fire.

2.      Review standard habitat management and prescribed fire practices for selected wildlife species.

3.      Prescribed fire recommendations for the Florida panther and black bear.

4.      Prescribed fire recommendations for quail and other small game.

5.      Prescribed fire recommendations for scrub wildlife and grassland birds.

6.      Prescribed fire recommendations for the bald eagle and red cockaded woodpecker.

7.      Case studies of specific habitat management programs emphasizing prescribed fire in Florida.

A.    Archbold Biological Station and Lake Wales Ridge Scrub.

B.     Fire Management on Babcock/Webb WMA.

C.     Fire in Wetlands.

 

IGNITION PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION

1.      Review and understand fire intensity and its relationship to wildlife impacts.

2.      Explore methods to regulate fire intensity.

3.      Discuss specific ignition techniques for a variety of habitats and fire return intervals.

4.      Techniques and special considerations for re-establishment of short return intervals in fire deprived habitats.

5.      Review specific examples of problems and solutions associated with prescribed fires for wildlife in Florida.

 

 

2015 COURSE SCHEDULE

MONDAY April 6

12:00-13:00   Check in and orientation

13:00-13:15   Introduction

13:15-13:45   Archbold Biological Station: Opportunities and Challenges for Rx Fire

13:45-14:15   Prescribed Fire and Habitat Management Principles

14:15-15:00   Planning and Implementation; Keys to Success

15:00-17:30   Field Trip:  Orientation Archbold Biological Station, Land Management   

 

TUESDAY April 7

08:00-09:30   Ecological Functions and the Fire Environment

09:30-10:00   People and Wildlife: Managing Cattle, and Caracaras

10:00-10:45   Using Prescribed Fire for Restoration and Management of Bobwhite Quail

10:45-11:15   Specific Techniques for Scrub Habitat and Wildlife

11:15-12:00   Prescribed Fire Recommendations for Reptiles and Amphibians

 

LUNCH       (PROVIDED)

13:00-13:45   Prescribed Fire Recommendations for Panther And Bear In Florida

13:45-14:30   Prescribed Fire Recommendations for Turkey

14:30-15:00   Scrub Jay Management

15:00-16:00   Ignition Techniques & Prescription Parameters for Wildlife

15:00-17:30   Field Exercise: Incorporating Wildlife Benefits in Rx Fire Programs 

 

WEDNESDAY April 8

08:00-08:30   Deer Management and Rx Fire   

08:30-09:15   Prescribed Fire for Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles

09:15-10:00   Fire in Wetlands

10:00-10:30   Fire Management on the Babcock\Webb WMA                

10:30-11:00   Fire on Private Lands; Challenges and Opportunities

11:00-11:30   Effects of Fire and Mechanical Treatments on Florida Ecosystems

11:30-12:00   Integrating Prescribed Fire & Mechanical Treatments, North Florida

LUNCH        (PROVIDED)

13:00-13:30   Adaptive Management for Royal Tern Nesting Habitat 

13:30-14:00   FWC Programs Supporting Rx Fire

14:00-15:30   Panel Discussion:  Evaluating Wildlife Responses to Prescribed Fire &

                       Ignition Techniques & Rx Parameters for Wildlife

15:30-18:00   Field Exercise: (Continued)

 

THURSDAY April 9

08:00-10:00   Panel Discussion:  Topics Submitted by Students

10:00-11:00   Student Presentations on Field Exercise

11:00-12:00   Final Exam

 

For more informaton please contact Jim Schortemeyer.