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Rx 310 Course

Introduction to Fire Effects (Rx 310) will be held concurrently, and in conjunction, with the 7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Orlando, Florida. Students will attend in classroom sessions to receive introductory instruction in fire ecology, fire effects, and ecosystem dynamics. Students will also attend fire congress presentation and the Tuesday night poster session, on recent and current fire related research.  Students will participate fully in the congress, armed with a series of questions and discussion topics to be addressed during plenary and concurrent sessions.  The workshop will also include a mandatory field trip to be held on Saturday, December 2. If you have questions regarding the training, please contact Beth Buchanan, Course Coordinator, at or 540-265-5129.

Welcome Letter to Students

Course Schedule

Cadre Bio’s Rx310 

Saturday Field Trip, Buck Lake Conservation Area
Depart hotel at 7:30am, from the Convention Bus Loop. Estimated return time to hotel, 3:30pm
The Buck Lake tract consists of 9,606 acres of natural woodlands and wetlands that have been used historically for pine and hardwood timber production and cattle ranching. The ridge found in the eastern part of the property supports scrubby flatwoods and oak hammock that provide appropriate habitat for scrub jays. A basin swamp community dominates the eastern third of the property. This swamp and depression marsh receive surface water runoff from adjacent uplands and discharge into a wet prairie that makes up the headwaters of Six Mile Creek. This creek runs southward to Salt Lake, Loughman Lake and eventually to the St. Johns River. The western portion of the property features a large floodplain marsh and a marsh lake, Buck Lake. The property protects regionally significant habitat for several plant and animal species and provides floodwater retention to slow downstream flooding.
See also and

List of Reading Materials Rx310 Orlando AFE Congress 2017

Fire Effects on Wildlife (Carrie Sekerak)
Armitage & Ober 2012 Bats in Longleaf Sandhills
Bond & Keeley 2005 Fire as a Global Herbivore
Robison et al. 2014 Influence of Fire Severity & Fire History on Birds
Russell et al. 1999 Prescribed Fire Effects on Herpetofauna
Silva-Lugo 2014 Small Mammals and Fire in Scrub Wetlands

Fire Effects on Soils (Matt Busse)
Busse, Hubbert & Moghaddas 2014 Fuel Reduction Techniques and Effects on Soil Quality

Fire Effects Monitoring (Duncan Lutes)
NPS Fire Monitoring Handbook 2003
Lutes 2006 FIREMON
Elzinga et al. Measuring & Monitoring Plant Populations

Wrap Up: The Big Picture (Penny Morgan)
Hessburg et al. 2015 Framework for Landscape Restoration
Schoennagel et al. 2017 Fires & Climate Change

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (Francisco Seijo)
Pausas & Ribeiro 2017 Fire & Plant Diversity at a Global Scale
Seijo et al. 2015 Forgetting Fire, and the Implications
Seijo et al. 2016 Fire & Mediterranean Chestnut Forests
Seijo, Cespedes and Zavala 2017 Traditional Fire Use