Prescribed Fire in Ecological Restoration: Why it’s Essential and What it Takes to do it Regularly
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Thursday, November 10, 2022
1:00 – 3:00 pm CST
Important goals for a steward or manager of natural areas while planning a prescribed fire
Benefits of habitats during periodic fire events
Encouragement of desirable flora
Stable plant communities
Removal of undesirable vegetation
Recycling carbon, etc.
Without prescribed fires, the communities could face extinction
Discuss the presence of native and non-native invasive plant species
Case study of the first prescribed fire of the ESA
Permitting and regulations
The challenges when planning a prescribed fire event
Balance of the prescribed fire
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2.0 HSW CE Hours
2.0 AIA LU|HSW
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Remic Ensweiler, Outdoor Lab/Prairie Manager, College of DuPage (COD), Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Before working six years as the manager of forty acres of natural area spread across three preserves at COD, Mr. Ensweiler worked with an ecological contractor restoring natural areas primarily for the Chicago Park District. He also sharpened his knowledge of ecological restoration and botany with jobs at Capitol Reef National Park, the American Conservation Experience, the Wheaton Park District, and the Illinois Natural History Survey. He is certified as an international society of arboriculture arborist, an Illinois prescribed burn manager, and a certified ecological restoration practitioner. In his role at COD, Mr. Ensweiler has been instrumental in forging community partnerships to help maintain and restore COD’s natural areas and surrounding DuPage County.
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Course Title: Prescribed Fire in Ecological Restoration: Why it’s Essential and What it Takes to do it Regularly
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This two-hour course for design professionals will begin with an explanation of why prescribed fires are important and beneficial to our natural areas and landscapes before diving into the necessary steps to plan and execute a prescribed fire, from permitting to weather conditions.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and understand the goals for a steward or manager of natural areas while planning a prescribed fire.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the benefits of prescribed fire in ecological restoration, including the encouragement of desirable flora, stable plant communities, removal of undesired vegetation and recycling carbon.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify the necessary legal requirements such as permitting and regulations in order to plan and execute a prescribed fire.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to consider the challenges when planning a prescribed fire event, such as licensure, weather conditions, timing and balance.
LUs: 2.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with landscape management
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
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