Conference: Fire, People, and the Central Hardwood Landscape
12-14 March 2000, Richmond, Kentucky, United States of America
Fire is gaining recognition for its role as an agent of change and renewal in forests of the area known as the Central Hardwood Region. However, it is widely perceived as being potentially dangerous and damaging to trees and ecosystems. This conference explores the historical, present and future roles of fire and humans in shaping the vast and diverse deciduous forest of the Central Hardwood Region.
If you would like to know more about the powerful force that has influenced the forests of your region, plan now to attend the Conference and join in the discussions.
Meeting locationThe Fire, People, and the Central Hardwood Landscape Conference will be held in Richmond, Kentucky on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Situated near the edge of the Bluegrass Region at the beginning of the Cumberland escarpment, Richmond is easily accessible by a network of roadways. The campus of EKU is one mile east of Exit 87 off Interstate 75, 26 miles southeast of Lexington. Conference events will be held in the Carl D. Perkins Building on Kit Carson Drive. A virtual map of campus to assist you in locating the meeting may be found at: www.math.eku.edu/campus_tour.
Field trip to Cliff Palace Pond-Join us on a trip to Cliff Palace Pond, a small natural upland pond. The fossil pollen and charcoal record from Cliff Palace Pond clearly document the influence that prehistoric peoples had on the forests of the Cumberland Plateau through their use of fire, challenging our view of the “virgin” forest primeval. Rex Mann and Cecil Ison will lead the field trip to this unique pond where you will learn about the interrelationship of people and fire over the last 9,500 years.
Transportation to Cliff Palace Pond will depart from the Perkins Building on Tuesday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m. A boxed lunch and beverage will be provided. Sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended.
Fire in the Central Hardwood Landscape: Why Are We Concerned?Rex Mann
Keynote AddressRay Hicks
The History of Fire
Native Burning in Western North America: Implications for Hardwood Forest ManagementCharles Kay
Humans, Topography and Wildland Fire: The Ingredients for Long-term Patterns in EcosystemsRichard Guyette and Daniel C. Dey
Fire on the edge: Prehistoric fire along the escarpment zone of the Cumberland PlateauCecil Ison
The Ecological Role of Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Marc Abrams
Forest Service Perspective on Prescribed FireJerry T. Williams
The View of Fire from Belowground: Fire? What Fire?Ralph Boerner
Fire and Understory Vegetation in Central Hardwood Forests: A Large-Scale Study in Ohio and Search for General PatternsTodd Hutchinson
Stream Mayflies, Stoneflies, and Caddisflies: Do They Care about Burning in the Forest?Jack Feminella
Firebugs: Insects and Prescribed Burning in Glades and BarrensJim Bess
Prescribed Fire: Effects on Black Bear Habitat – Keith Weaver
Evening Presentation to be announced
Tuesday, March 14
Fire and Ecosystem Management
Using Prescribed Fire to Regenerate OaksDavid Van Lear
Barrens Management and Restoration: A Kentucky ExampleJoyce Bender
Fire and the Future Forest
Resistance Is Not Futile: Healing Processes in Fire-Damaged HardwoodsElaine Sutherland
Managing Rare Plant Populations with Fire: Great Smoky Mountains National ParkJanet Rock
Fire in the Evolution of the Eastern Landscape: A TimelineEd Buckner
In addition to the invited presentations listed in the schedule, researchers are invited to present posters of current research on fire in the Central Hardwood forest. Abstracts for poster presentations should be sent to Mary Arthur, either as e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on a fully labeled computer disk (formatted for DOS machines in WORD, Word Perfect or ASCII text). By mail send to:
Mary Arthur Department of Forestry 205 T.P. Cooper Bldg. University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0073
Those submitting their abstracts electronically will be notified of receipt electronically, using the return e-mail address. Authors who send their abstracts on disk must submit a self-addressed postcard if they wish to receive notification of receipt. Abstracts are to be no more than 200 words, exclusive of citation. Abstracts should include a statement of objectives, brief description of methods used, concise presentation of results, and a summary of conclusions and inferences drawn. Because of limited space, posters will be reviewed for acceptance. Deadline for submission of an abstract is December 1, 1999
Fire, People and the Central Hardwood Landscape ConferenceMarch 12-14, 2000
(Includes conference sessions, proceedings and breaks; field trip fee includes transportation and box lunch). Scholarships are available. See “Further Registration Information.”
Regular* $35 Late Registration $40 Student $25 Field Trip $10 Total $
*by February 20, 2000
Make check payable to:
University of Kentucky Department of Forestry.
Send check and a copy of this registration form to:
Department of Forestry FPCHLGemma Short 213 T.P. Cooper Bldg. University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0073
Any requests for refunds must be received in writing at the above address or via FAX (606-323-1031, attn. Gemma Short) by February 20, 2000.
Further Registration Information
You can receive additional registration forms and conference information by calling Gemma Short at 606-257-7597 or FAX 606-323-1031. Direct poster presentation questions to Dr. Mary Arthur (606-257-2852).
Accommodations in the Richmond area
Barnes Mill Bed and Breakfast (606) 623-5509
Bennett House Bed and Breakfast (606) 625-0097
Best Western/Road Starr Inn (606) 623-9121 or 1-800-528-1234
Days Inn (606) 624-5796
Econo Lodge (606) 623-8813
Hampton Inn (606) 626-1002
Holiday Inn (606) 623-9020
Knights Inn (606) 624-2612 or 1-800-843-5644
Eastern Kentucky University, Division of Natural Areas
University of Kentucky Department of Forestry
University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries
USDA Forest Service
Daniel Boone National Forest
Northeast Forest Experiment Station
Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service, Great Smoky Mountains
Kentucky Division of Forestry
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
Forest Landowners Association
Kentucky Forest Industry Association
The Nature Conservancy
Kentucky Woodland Owners Association
Conference partially funded by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.