Muskrat Lakes (MIDNR); Underburning in Dry Pine Forests

Project Description

This research project was a cooperative effort between Michigan Technological University (MTU) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, beginning in 2004 and concluding in 2008. It addresses several aspects of the National Fire Plan issues within “rehabilitation and restoration” and “hazardous fuel reduction” categories, including ecological impacts of prescribed fire when used for fuels reduction, interaction of fire with pests and invasive species, restoration of fire-damaged ecosystems and use of fire to restore ecosystems. Study objectives were to: -determine the effects o...

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Luce County, MI
Project Size:
  • 244.4 acres

Project Sites

  • 04/27/2006: Burn after Thin
  • 04/28/2006: Burn after Thin
  • 05/03/2006: Burn after Thin
  • 05/03/2006: Burn Only
  • 05/23/2006: Burn after Thin
  • 05/23/2006: Burn Only
  • 05/23/2006: Burn Only

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    management of dry northern forest

Consistent With Plans:

  • Forest Plan
    MIchigan Department of Natural Resources

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
      • Laurentian Jack Pine-Red Pine Forest

Targeted Species:

  • Jack Pine Pinus banksiana
  • Northern Pin Oak Quercus ellipsoidalis
  • Red Pine Pinus resinosa

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Research Completed 2006 2006
Fire-Fire Surrogate Study


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Lake States Fire Science

Managing Organization

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
(State Government)

Contact Information

Paul Gaberdiel (Unit Fire Supervisor)
MI Dept of Natural Resources

General Information

Project #: 100837
Last Updated: May 14, 2012

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