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Project ID: 98-1-4-12

Year: 1998

Date Started: 09/28/1998

Date Completed: 07/06/2005

Title: Risk Assessment of Fuel Management Practices on Hillslope Erosion Processes

Project Proposal Abstract: The specific objectives to accomplish this goal are: 1. To adapt existing technology and incorporate new information into an integrated management tool for predicting erosion risk from fire and fuel management practices. 2. To determine hillslope characteristics that govern dry ravel processes in order to develop a risk model. We hypothesize that soil water content, slope steepness, vegetation density, soil texture and disturbance impact dry ravel. 3. To determine the spatial and temporal variability in infiltration and erosion parameters needed to predict overland flow and soil detachment after wildfire. We hypothesize that significant spatial and temporal variability exists in infiltration and erodibility following severe wildfire. 4. To quantify effectiveness of three mitigation practices in reducing sediment production for specified design storms following wildfires. We hypothesize that erosion barriers reduce sedimentation and increase infiltration. 5. To evaluate measured erosion rates and estimates of sediment production after wildfires at the upland watershed catchment scale. We hypothesize that erosion properties measured at a plot scale are adequate to describe erosion rates measured at a hillslope scale.

Principal Investigator: Peter R. Robichaud

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

William J. Elliot

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow

Co-Principal Investigator

Frederick B. Pierson

ARS-Agricultural Research Service

NWRC-Northwest Watershed Research Center

Co-Principal Investigator

Peter M. Wohlgemuth

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside

Federal Cooperator

Peter R. Robichaud

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow

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Project Deliverables

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("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
    1725 Government Publication After the Fire, Before the Storm: Postfire Erosion Control Efforts Explored
    3082 Journal Article Forest Fire Effects on Hillslope Erosion: What We Know
    193 MS Thesis A Physical Model of Dry Ravel Movement--X. Fu
  go to website 273 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  
    2965 Invited Paper/Presentation Hydologic Impacts of Fire on the Boise Front
    3165 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire and Erosion: Effectiveness of Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments
    3166 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire and Erosion: What Happens When the Smokes Clears
    3167 Invited Paper/Presentation Effects of Burn Severity on Erosion and Watersheds
    3168 Invited Paper/Presentation Erosion Risk After Wildfire
    3169 Invited Paper/Presentation The Hydrology of Burnt Forest Soils
    3170 Conference/Symposia/Workshop What Happened After the Smoke was Gone: Onsite Erosion Rates After a Wildfire in an Eastern Oregon Forest
    3171 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Spatial and Temporal Effects of Fire on the Hydrology of a Steep Rangeland Watershed
    3172 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Postfire Hydrologic Response and Sediment Yield in Small Forested Watersheds, Southern California
    3173 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Infiltration Rates After Wildfire in the Bitterroot Valley
    2904 Training Session BAER Team Leader Training
    2905 Training Session BAER Team Leader Training
view or print   4963 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Effects on Sediment and Runoff in Steep Rangeland Watersheds
    5910 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Erosion Risk Management Tool
    5911 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Current Research Related to Postfire Treatment Effectiveness
    5912 Training Session BAER Team Leader Training
    5840 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire and Erosion: What Happens After the Smoke Clears...
    5841 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Evaluating the Effectiveness of Postfire Rehabilitation Treatment: Contour-Felled Logs
view or print   7159 Invited Paper/Presentation Comparing Erosion Risks from Forest Operations to Wildfire

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