The Mission of the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council is to protect, conserve, and expand the safe use of prescribed fire on the Michigan landscape.

The Michigan Prescribed Fire Council was formed to bring together practitioners, guides, and students of prescribed fire to provide a network through which information could be disseminated, partnerships could form and the use of prescribed fire would be protected. This site holds much information, and questions are always welcomed if you can’t find what you need here.


JOINT EVENT: 3rd Annual Burning Issues Workshop & MPFC Annual Meeting

“In Sickness and In Health: Addressing Tough Decisions in Applying Fire to Degraded Habitats and Declining Species in the 21st Century”

Fort Custer Training Center: Augusta, MI

March 1 & 2, 2017

This wildland fire workshop is designed to enable land managers, researchers, resource specialists, and fire practitioners an opportunity to hear and learn from different areas of expertise in a format which will help us to identify gaps in knowledge and communication, and work toward solutions to issues that complicate our collective wildland fire work. Over the two days we will be exploring four themes that are relevant across the State of Michigan and the Upper Midwest. These four themes include: The “Perfect” Burn: Defining Success; Monitoring Your Outcomes: Plotting to Get the Data You Need; Prescribed Fire and Oak Restoration; and Managing for Fire-dependent Wildlife. We have invited multiple speakers for each theme who will share their expertise in research, resource management, and fire operations, and help explore the principles and details that underlie successful resource management.
There will also be interactive opportunities including panel discussions, breakout sessions, and a rapid fire session. These sessions are a rare opportunity for participants from a wide range of organizations, and experiences, to engage with each other on specific issues. These sessions are planned with and for the diverse community interacting around fire-related issues, and seek to build the understanding and communication to support further work toward collaborative solutions.
Registration and Agenda will be available soon….

Please visit this link for more information.


Lake States Fire Science Consortium Webinars

Fire and Aspen in the Lake States
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central
Lee Frelich
Director, The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology
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Common Denominators for Escaped Prescribed Fires in the Lake States – Overview of Escaped Prescribed Fires in the Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service and Methods for Situational Learning
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central
Steve Goldman
Assistant Director, Fuels Program, Eastern Regional Office, USDA Forest Service
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Survey and Analysis Design for Wood Turtle Abundance Monitoring Programs
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central
Donald Brown
School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia / Northern Research Station, US Forest Service, Parsons, West Virginia
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Ecology and Dynamics of Aspen in Fire-Dependent Communities Across the Lake States and North Atlantic Region
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central
Anthony D’Amato
Associate Professor in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources – University of Vermont
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Steering Committee Meetings

All meetings 10AM – 1PM with the Annual Meeting being the exception.


08 FebruaryNRCS Office
3001 Coolidge Rd #250, East Lansing, MI
12 April Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
104 Conservation Dr., Roscommon, MI
21 JuneHuron-Manistee National Forests Outpost
1755 S. Mitchell, St. Cadillac, MI
09 August Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
18 OctoberSt. Ignace – Sault Ste Marie Ranger District
W 1900 US 2, St. Ignace, MI
14 December – TBD

These locations offer conference call capability. We will provide the call-in information prior to each meeting.

Training Announcements


Announcements to come….

Other News

Stay up to date with the Lake States Fire Science Consortium by visiting their website and signing up for their newsletters. Also visit the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Consortium site for their information and newsletter sign-up.