Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium ⋅ Page 1

A Spark of Inspiration

MU Forestry Professor Rich Guyette develops a novel equation to understand and predict fire

Rich Guyette knows fire. He’s studied it for more than thirty years and the samples he’s collected and analyzed have helped to create a historical record of fire in North America spanning 400 years. Till recently, he approached research like most fire scientists, focusing on the fuel source, thinking about local management questions and publishing research studies such as “Fire…

A Burning Question

Crafting a tool to inform fire management 

Prescribed fire is growing in popularity as a tool for forest management, but the benefit/cost ratio is hotly contested among natural resource managers. Joe Marschall, research specialist at the Missouri Tree Ring Laboratory, created a tool to quickly and accurately evaluate fire’s effects on timber quality in Missouri’s oak forests.