Fire science and management are often best understood by seeing them in practice. Great Plains Fire Science works to provide opportunities for the fire community to see how fire management is being applied in person. Opportunities to interact with researchers and managers who enjoy sharing what they have learned through experience and research are valued by the Great Plains Fire Community.

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Kelly Kindscher discusses the role of fire in ethonobotanical plants of the prairie in Lawrence, KS.

Kelly Kindscher discusses the role of fire in ethonobotanical plants of the prairie in Lawrence, KS.

Upcoming Field Tours

We invite you to attend an upcoming field tour. 

Virtual Field Tours

Can’t get away, but still want to see what fire management and fire effects look like?  We are building a series of virtual tours that include 360 degree views and on-site video clips of managers and researchers explaining what they’ve learned. Launch this  panoramic video tour of the Chippewa Prairie. Scan around the prairie using your mouse and click the fire icons to watch video-based discussions out on the prairie. 

Virtual Tour Focus

Fire is an essential part of grassland management in the Great Plains. The deliberate use of fire to achieve management goals, called prescribed burning, is used by grassland managers from Montana to Texas. How does fire fit into management plans? What results are being achieved? Is cattle grazing compatible with prescribed fire and healthy grasslands? Visit our demonstration sites to see the challenges managers are facing, choices they are making, and how the grasslands are responding.

Chippewa Prairie Virtual Tour
The Chippewa Prairie is in the northern tallgrass prairie located on glacial outwash in southwestern Minnesota. The glacier left many boulders on the soil, making it too rocky to farm. The land was used for hay and grazing. The Chippewa Prairie is  managed with patch burn grazing for improved rangeland health, wildlife habitat, and species diversity. Plant communities, invertebrates, birds, and herptofauna are monitored. The site is jointly managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Demonstration Sites Map

Zoom in to see one of our demonstration sites.  Click on the fire icons to learn more about each site or take a virtual tour.