The Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium (www.tposfirescience.org) has developed the following questionnaire to improve understanding of current practice of growing season burns and support further knowledge exchange. We intend to use information you share to assess information needs, improve awareness of current research, and ultimately to plan future activities that address the fire community's questions on this topic. 

Here, growing season burns are loosely defined as burns occurring outside of the dormant season -- when any target or non-target species in the burned area are actively growing.

Thanks to many contacts across the region, we are aware of a number of locations where growing season burns are being implemented by researchers and land managers. Applications include long-term experimental sites, conservation lands where fuels and fire effects data are being collected in a monitoring framework, and sites where land managers are conducting these burns with informal assessment of outcomes.

Thank you for sharing your experiences.
 
Please contact TPOS coordinator Craig Maier with any questions (cmaier.tpos.firescience@gmail.com).

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* 1. For managers - For each site where you have used or are considering using growing season burns, please tell us a little about the site's characteristics. To limit the length of your replies, you may consider sharing information about just one site you manage.

Important factors include whether the site is remnant vegetation or planted on previously cultivated land; landscape position (for example: upland, isolated wetland, or floodplain wetland); canopy cover; and dominant species.

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* 2. For managers -  Do the effects of growing season burns fit your desired outcomes and management objectives? Why or why not?

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* 3. For managers - Considering your sites and management objectives, what factors do you think are most important for causing different outcomes from growing season burns compared to dormant season burns?

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* 4. For managers - What factors have been most important in your decision about whether to begin, continue, or discontinue timing burns during the growing season?

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* 5. For managers, what questions would you like research to address to support making decisions about timing of burns?

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* 6. For researchers, what questions/hypotheses have you addressed? What questions/hypotheses would you like to address in future research?

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* 7. For researchers who have conducted studies on timing of burns, please share a brief summary of your methods. Have you collaborated with land managers on season of burn research?

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* 8. All participants - this comment box is available to share any other questions or comments related to burn timing.

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* 9. All participants - please nominate up to three people in the tallgrass prairie and oak savanna region you feel would add to the discussion given their experience on this topic and/or interest in implementing growing season burns.

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* 10. Please provide your contact information so we can follow up with you based on  your response.

Thank you for providing information about your experience and interest in growing season burns.

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