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Project ID: 98-1-5-02

Year: 1998

Date Started: 09/24/1998

Date Completed: 07/01/2005

Title: Fire Ecology Information for California

Project Proposal Abstract: The objective of this proposed project is to provide readily accessible and relevant information to managers on fire ecology of all major ecosystems in California. We propose to compile and synthesize published and unpublished information on fire ecology and the implications for management in four different venues to ensure widespread use. They are: 1) revise Manual of California Vegetation (MCV) to include information on fire ecology for each plant series; 2) develop and publish a text on fire ecology of California ecosystems; 3) develop an information base in the form of an internet web page that contains fundamental fire ecology, restoration and management information; and 4) update the U.S. Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) to include additional key California plant species. This project encompasses all of California. This project will be jointly funded from other, multiple sources. This project will ensure that managers can readily access relevant information on the historic role of fire, the past and current interactions of fire and vegetation, and the likely ecological consequences of fuels treatments by major vegetation types for use in prioritizing, planning, and scheduling fuels treatments. This will provide a greater level of detail on fire ecology of California ecosystems than would be possible in a nation-wide treatment. It will provide a sound basis for treatment of California ecosystems in a synthesis of historic fire regimes of the major ecosystems of the United States, as identified in task 5. We will also include a treatment of key life-form characteristics of major plants for each ecosystem and major vegetation type that will allow prediction of likely effects of fire restoration on plant community structure and species mortality. This is important because systematic research of fire and fuel treatment effects on plant community structure and dynamics is lacking for many sites and conditions. While this type of research is being developed and progressing, an interim means for predicting ecological effects of fuels treatments is needed. Our approach of synthesizing literature as well as summarizing key life-form characteristics and likely responses of major species by plant communities will help fill this void.

Principal Investigator: Neil G. Sugihara

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: Region 5-Fire & Aviation Management-McClellan

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Mark I. Borchert

Forest Service

Los Padres NF-Ojai Ranger District

Co-Principal Investigator

Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman

Forest Service

AMSET-Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team

Co-Principal Investigator

Todd Keeler-Wolf


Fish and Game-Headquarters

Co-Principal Investigator

Michael McCoy

University of California-Davis

Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Co-Principal Investigator

John O. Sawyer

Humboldt State University

Department of Biological Sciences

Federal Cooperator

Neil G. Sugihara

Forest Service

Region 5-Fire & Aviation Management-McClellan

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1330 Government Publication Fire in California’s Ecosystems

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