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Project ID: 01-3-2-08

Year: 2001

Date Started: 09/19/2001

Date Completed: 10/27/2005

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

Project Proposal Abstract: The recent dramatic increase in spending for post-fire rehabilitation treatments has caused concern regarding the appropriate use of various treatments for reducing erosion risk and downstream flooding and sedimentation. Our current Joint Fire Science project, RISK ASSESSMENT OF FUEL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON HILLSLOPE EROSION PROCESSES, is providing tools for land managers to compare fuel management treatments with post-wildfire erosion rates, including the comparison of different mitigation treatments for reducing hilislope erosion. However, gaps exist in our knowledge and background data to apply these tools across a wide range of forest and rangeland systems. Therefore, we seek additional funding to improve our capability to predict treatment effectiveness of alternative mitigation treatment practices, compare prescribed burning to wildfire on rangeland, and validate our estimates with small paired sub-watershed monitoring techniques. These studies will address task RFP-3-2001-Task 2. To accomplish our objectives, we plan to continue to use rainfall simulation techniques to compare treatments and small paired-watersheds to compare treated verses untreated sub-watersheds. Treatments that still need to be evaluated are: prescribed fire on rangeland, straw mulch, shredded aspen mulch, contour raking and contour ripping. Land managers need reliable information on the effectiveness of various mitigation techniques and to be able to predict the effectiveness in order to make informed decisions. To date, our prototype interface development hasreceived favorable reviews and our technology transfer activities (3 professional papers, 1 journal article, 3 presentations) have been extensive, considering we are only 2 and 1/2 years into our current project.

Principal Investigator: Peter R. Robichaud

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jan L. Beyers

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside

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

Federal Cooperator

Peter R. Robichaud

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow


Project Locations

Consortium

Great Basin


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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
    1724 Government Publication Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments: Are we Learning What Works?
view or print   1629 Government Publication Postfire Rehabilitation of the Hayman Fire
view or print   1171 Government Publication Silt Fences: An Economical Technique for Measuring Hillslope Soil Erosion
view or print   1172 Government Publication Impacts of Fire on Hydrology and Erosion in Steep Mountain Big Sagebrush Communities
    1173 Government Publication Joint Fire Science Program 2003 Business Summary
view or print   1174 Government Publication Managing Watersheds for Human and Natural Impacts: Engineering, Ecological and Economic Challenges
view or print   1175 Government Publication Hayman Fire Rehabilitation Treatment Monitoring Progress Report
    1176 Government Publication 2005 Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Effects of Fire on Soils and Water
    1177 Government Publication The Role and Management of Fire in Aquatic Ecosystems
view or print   1039 Government Publication Evaluation of Runoff Prediction from WEPP-Based Erosion Models for Harvested and Burned Forest Watersheds
view or print   1318 Government Publication Quick Response Small Catchment Monitoring Techniques for Comparing Postfire Rehabilitation Treatment Effectiveness
    1319 Government Publication Fire Effects on Infiltration and Erodibility After Prescribed Fires and Wildfire on Volcanic Ash Cap Soils
    2277 Journal Article BAER Treatment Comparison - A Technical Paper on Treatment Effects
    2278 Journal Article Populate ERMT with Additional Data - a General Technical Report with management recommendations
    2297 Journal Article Prescribed Fire - two technical papers on research findings.
    2350 Journal Article Paired Watersheds - a technical paper on research findings.
    2629 Journal Article Evaluating the WEPP-Based Erosion Predictions for Three Small Timber Harvested Watersheds
    2674 Journal Article Effectiveness of Postfire Seeding and Fertilizing on Hillslope Erosion in North-Central Washington, USA
    2675 Journal Article First Year Erosion Rates After the 2000 Bitterroot Fires
    2682 Journal Article Modeling Soil Erosion on Steep Sagebrush Rangeland Before and After Prescribed Fire
    2683 Journal Article Predicting Postfire Erosion and Mitigation Effectiveness with a Web-Based Probabilistic Erosion Model
    2828 Journal Article Comparing the Postfire Effectiveness of Three Hillslope Erosion Barrier Treatments Using Simulated and Natural Rainfall
    2829 Journal Article The Effectiveness of the United States Postfire Emergency Erosion Control Treatments
    3326 Journal Article Effects of Fire on Water Repellency: Infiltration Rates After Prescribed Fire in Northern Rocky Mountain Forests
view or print   198 MS Thesis Accuracy Assessment of WEPP-Based Erosion Models on Three Small, Harvested and Burned Forest Watersheds (S.A. Covert)
    292 MS Thesis First Year Erosion Rates in Bitterroot National Forest, Montana (K.M. Spigel)
    31 Conference/Symposia/Workshop BAER Treatment Comparison
    433 Invited Paper/Presentation Sources of Sediment in Fuel Management
    469 Invited Paper/Presentation Ash--Evaluation of Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments
    2994 Invited Paper/Presentation Conversation with the Chief: Postfire Emergency Stabilization Treatment Effectiveness
    2995 Invited Paper/Presentation Effectiveness of Postfire Erosion Control Treatments
    3226 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  
    2996 Invited Paper/Presentation Postfire Emergency Rehabilitation Treatment Effectiveness-The Latest Findings
    2997 Invited Paper/Presentation Latest Findings on Effectiveness of Various Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments
    2783 Invited Paper/Presentation Postfire Emergency Rehabilitation: Putting Science into Decision Making
    2784 Invited Paper/Presentation Latest Findings of Effectiveness of Various Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments
    2785 Invited Paper/Presentation Postfire Rehabilitation Treatment Effectiveness. Regional Workshop on Watershed Restoration
    2786 Invited Paper/Presentation Postfire Treatment Effectiveness-The Latest Findings
    2787 Invited Paper/Presentation Rapid Response Monitoring Techniques for Small Catchments
    3047 Invited Paper/Presentation Protection from Erosion Following Wildfire
    3048 Field Demonstration/Tour BAER Effectiveness Research
    3049 Field Demonstration/Tour Measuring Postfire Erosion: The Latest Techniques
    3050 Field Demonstration/Tour Hayman Postfire Rehabilitation Effectiveness Tour
    3051 Field Demonstration/Tour Cedar Fire Postfire Rehabilitation Treatment Monitoring
    3052 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Risk Assessment of Fuel Management Practices on Hillslope Erosion
    3053 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Postfire Water Yield, Sediment Yield, and Log Erosion Barrier Effectiveness in Small Forested Watersheds, Southern California
    3054 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Hydrologic Recovery of Steep Sagebrush Rangeland Following Wildfire
    3055 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Measuring and Modeling Erosion Impacts of Fuel Management
    3056 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Risk Assessment of Fuel Management Practices on Hillslope Erosion
    3057 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Quick Response Small Catchment Monitoring Techniques for Comparing Postfire Rehabilitation Treatment Effectiveness
    3058 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Impacts of Fire on Hydrology and Erosion in Steep Mountain Big Sagebrush Communities
    3059 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Erosion After Wildfires: What Manager’s Need to Know
    3060 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Forest Service Postfire Rehabilitation Effectiveness Research
    3288 Invited Paper/Presentation Stabilizing Hillslopes After Wildfires: When, Where, and How?
    3289 Conference/Symposia/Workshop A Probabilistic Approach to Modeling Hillslope Erosion After Wildfires
    3501 Training Session BAER Team Leader Training Workshop
    3502 Training Session Treatment Effectiveness, the Latest...
    3503 Training Session Watershed Restoration Short Course
    3504 Training Session Using ERMiT; the Erosion Risk Management Tool
    3505 Training Session Postfire Erosion and Mitigation Effectiveness: What Have We Learned from the Bitterroot Valley Fires of 2000?
    3506 Training Session FS-WEPP Training Workshops
    3507 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire and Erosion: What Happens After the Smoke is Gone?
    3508 Invited Paper/Presentation Wildfire and Erosion: When to Expect the Unexpected
    3509 Invited Paper/Presentation Monitoring Effectiveness of Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments at the Small Watershed Scale
    3510 Invited Paper/Presentation Monitoring Effectiveness of Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments at the Small Watershed Scale
    3511 Invited Paper/Presentation When the Rains Come . . . Postfire Rehabilitation Effectiveness
    3290 Conference/Symposia/Workshop The Effects of Selected Post-Fire Emergency Rehabilitation Techniques on Small Watersheds Sediment Yields in Southern California
    3291 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Adapting the Water Erosion Predition Project (WEPP) Model to Forest Conditions
    3292 Poster Postfire Water Yield, Sediment Yield, and Log Erosion Barrier Effectiveness in Small Forested Watersheds, Southern California
    3293 Poster Effectiveness of Aerial Hydromulch on the Cedar Fire in Controlling Water Movement and Erosion
    3554 Invited Paper/Presentation When the Rains Come . . . Postfire Rehabilitation Effectiveness
    3555 Invited Paper/Presentation Postfire Rehabilitation Effectiveness: Wildland Fire Impacts on Watersheds
    2483 Invited Paper/Presentation Dirty Work on the Bitterroot: First Year Erosion Results
    2721 Invited Paper/Presentation The Effectiveness of the United States Postfire Emergency Erosion Control Treatments
    2722 Invited Paper/Presentation Evaluating Postfire Emergency Erosion Control Treatments
    2723 Invited Paper/Presentation Monitoring the Effectiveness of Postfire Emergency Rehabilitation Treatments: Opportunities and Challenges
    2724 Invited Paper/Presentation A Probabilistic Approach to Modeling Hillslope Erosion After Wildfires
    2725 Invited Paper/Presentation Monitoring the Effectiveness of Hydromulch After the 2003 Cedar Fire
    2726 Invited Paper/Presentation Silt Fences for Monitoring Emergency Stabilization Effectiveness
    2727 Invited Paper/Presentation Modeling Soil Erosion and Mitigation After Fires
    2728 Invited Paper/Presentation New Information, Latest Methods, What is Effective? Where?
    2537 Invited Paper/Presentation From Researcher to Land/Resource Manager: How Can Technology Transfer be Improved?
    1816 Invited Paper/Presentation Effectiveness of Postfire Erosion Control Techniques: Is the Jury Still Out?
    1818 Invited Paper/Presentation Recent Findings in Postfire Emergency Rehabilitation Treatment Effectiveness
    4876 Invited Paper/Presentation Predicting Postfire Erosion and Mitigation Effectiveness with a Web-base Probabilistic Erosion Model
    4877 Invited Paper/Presentation Postfire Erosion and Mitigation Effectiveness: What Have We Learned? Restoring the Forest- Before and After Fire
    5064 Invited Paper/Presentation Erosion Following Fire in Sagebrush Ecosystems of the Northern Great Basin, USA
    5065 Invited Paper/Presentation Measuring Rill Erosion in Post-Fire Environments Using Concentrated Flow Techniques
    5066 Invited Paper/Presentation BAER Effectiveness Monitoring
    4918 Invited Paper/Presentation Influence of Fire-Induced Water Repellency on Runoff and Erosion
    4919 Invited Paper/Presentation 1) Postfire Assessment and Rehabilitation 2) Postfire Burn Severity 3) Fire Effects on Soils and Hydrology
    6015 Invited Paper/Presentation Why Some Postfire Emergency Rehabilitation Treatments Work and Don’t Work
    6016 Invited Paper/Presentation When the Rains Come: Postfire Emergency Erosion Control Treatment Effectiveness: What Engineers Need to Know
    6017 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Effects on Infiltration and Erodibility After Prescribed Fires and Wildfire on Volcanic Ash Cap Soils
    6019 Invited Paper/Presentation FSWEPP Models
    6020 Invited Paper/Presentation Predicting Postfire Erosion and Mitigation Effectiveness with a Web-Based Probabilistic Erosion Model
    5847 Invited Paper/Presentation Another Burning Question: Is Erosion After Fire Bad?
    5848 Invited Paper/Presentation Postfire Rehabilitation Treatment Effectiveness: What We Know
    6028 Invited Paper/Presentation Tools, Treatment, and Effectiveness: What Managers Need To Know
    7092 Conference/Symposia/Workshop First Year Postfire Erosion in Bitterroot National Forest, Montana
    7093 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Predicting Postfire Erosion and Mitigation Effectiveness with a Web-Based Probabilistic Erosion Model
    7094 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Effectiveness of Aerial Hydromulch on the Cedar Fire in Controlling Water Movement and Erosion
    7095 Field Demonstration/Tour Field Methods to Measure Water Repellent Soils

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