Wednesday – 27 May 2015

7:00-8:00 am: registration opens

8:00-8:30 am: Justin Hart and Greg Pate – Welcome and opening remarks

8:30-9:15 am: Mike Stambaugh – Applied historical ecology of fire in eastern US oak forest communities

9:15-10:00 am: Morgan Varner – Suites of correlated fire-adapted traits in southeastern USA oaks

10:00-10:30 am: Morning break (drinks and snacks provided)

10:30-11:15: Neil Pederson – Observations and outstanding questions regarding oak forest dynamics through Time

11:15-noon: Tom Waldrop – Repeated application of fuel reduction treatments in the Southern Appalachians: Implications for sustainability and achieving restoration goals

noon-1:00 pm: lunch (provided)

1-1:45 pm: Craig Harper – Using prescribed fire to manage wildlife habitat in the Mid-South

1:45-2:15 pm: Luke Dodd – Long-term impacts of prescribed fire on bat and insect activity at Mammoth Cave  National Park

2:15-2:45 pm: Afternoon break (drinks and snacks provided)

2:45-3:30 pm: Mark Ford – Northern long-eared bat day-roosting and prescribed fire in the Central Appalachians

3:30-3:45 pm: John Gruchy – Managing dry upland hardwoods for game species on recreational tracts in north Mississippi

3:45-4:30 pm: Pat Brose – Making sense out of confusion: A review of fire-oak papers published in the past 50 years

5:30-7:30 pm: Conference dinner (BBQ and drinks provided with live music)

Thursday – 28 May 2015

8:00 am: Depart for field trips

5:00 pm: Return from field trips

5:30-7:30 pm: Poster session and conference reception (drinks and light foods provided)

Friday – 29 May 2015

8:00-8:45 am: David Wear – Southern Forest Futures: An evolving context for forests and management

8:45-9:30 am – Steve Shifley – Big changes ahead for eastern oak forests: Why your work will be getting harder

9:30-10:00 am: Morning break (drinks and snacks provided)

10-10:45 am: Kevin Hiers – Are broadened fire management prescriptions and habitat goals for the birds—and the future?

10:45-11:30 am: Jim Vose – Oak, fire, and global change: What might the future hold?

11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch (provided)

12:30-1:15 pm: Mike Saunders – Prescribed fire and American chestnut restoration: Are they compatible?

1:15-2:00 pm: Callie Schweitzer – Stand dynamics during transition from pine plantations to mixedwoods using thinning and prescribed burning prescriptions on the William B. Bankhead National Forest, Alabama

2:00-2:30 pm: Afternoon break (drinks and snacks provided)

2:30-3:15 pm: Steve Brewer – Natural canopy damage and the ecological restoration of fire-indicative groundcover vegetation in an oak-hickory-pine forest

3:15-4:00 pm: Mary Arthur – Refining the oak-fire hypothesis for forests of the eastern US

4:00-5:00 pm: Panel discussion moderated by Dan Dey