Many wetlands in Wisconsin burned frequently as part of the historical fire regime, often lit by the indigenous peoples of the area. Join Hannah Spaul, Director of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin, to learn about the historic role of fire in the state’s wetlands. She’ll also talk about how today’s managers apply prescribed fire as a critical management tool to promote native species, control invasive ones, and manage for woody brush encroachment. Tune in to hear more about the opportunities, challenges, and successes of the use of fire in wetlands in Wisconsin.
Hannah Spaul, The Nature Conservancy
Recorded September 23, 2022.
Hannah Spaul has been managing lands, including many wetlands, in Wisconsin with prescribed fire for more than 20 years for The Nature Conservancy. She is a founding member of the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council, a Co-PI on the Joint Fire Science Program Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savana Fire Consortia, and an avid pyro-tourist (one who travels for fun to visit fire-dependent and fire-managed areas).
- Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council
- Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Consortia
- Wisconsin DNR RX fire reporting dashboard
- Wisconsin DNR fire resources page
- Restoring Fire to Wisconsin’s Native Landscapes TNC
- WI Fire Needs Assessment resources and maps
- Burning in Peatlands: