Fire, People, and the Central Hardwood Conference; 12-14 March 2000

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.


Conference Information




Sunday, March 12

Registration—5:30-8:00 p.m.
Reception—6:00-8:00 p.m.
Poster Session—7:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, March 13

Registration open all day

  • Introduction—William Martin

  • Fire in the Central Hardwood Landscape: Why Are We Concerned?—Rex Mann

  • Keynote Address—Ray Hicks

The History of Fire

  • Native Burning in Western North America: Implications for Hardwood Forest Management—Charles Kay

  • Humans, Topography and Wildland Fire: The Ingredients for Long-term Patterns in Ecosystems—Richard Guyette and Daniel C. Dey

Fire Ecology

  • Fire on the edge: Prehistoric fire along the escarpment zone of the Cumberland Plateau—Cecil Ison

  • The Ecological Role of Fire in Eastern Oak Forests —Marc Abrams

  • Forest Service Perspective on Prescribed Fire—Jerry 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 Patterns—Todd Hutchinson

  • Stream Mayflies, Stoneflies, and Caddisflies: Do They Care about Burning in the Forest?—Jack Feminella

  • Firebugs: Insects and Prescribed Burning in Glades and Barrens—Jim 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 Oaks—David Van Lear

  • Barrens Management and Restoration: A Kentucky Example—Joyce Bender

Fire and the Future Forest

  • Resistance Is Not Futile: Healing Processes in Fire-Damaged Hardwoods—Elaine Sutherland

  • Managing Rare Plant Populations with Fire: Great Smoky Mountains National Park—Janet Rock

In Summary

  • Fire in the Evolution of the Eastern Landscape: A Timeline—Ed Buckner



Poster Presentations

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 ( 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 Conference—March 12-14, 2000

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Registration Fees

(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

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University of Kentucky Department of Forestry.

Send check and a copy of this registration form to:

Department of Forestry
FPCHL—Gemma Short
213 T.P. Cooper Bldg.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0073

Refund Policy

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
    • Region 8
    • Region 9
  • USDI
    • 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.



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