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Project ID: 01-1-7-02

Year: 2001

Date Started: 09/19/2001

Date Completed: 06/21/2005

Title: Photo Series for Major Natural Fuel Types of the United States, Phase III

Project Proposal Abstract: Knowing the amount of biomass and other fuel characteristics across a landscape is becoming increasingly important to fire managers as new fuel and fire management decision support systems come on line, Often, few fuel characteristic data are available to the extent, or resolution needed for the new and more sophisticated models. A simple, easy method for quantifying existing fuel properties for landscapes of the United States is needed, The objective of this research proposal is to compile a sequence of single and stereo photographs with accompanying vegetation and fuels characterization data that will provide a quick and easy means for quantifying and describing existing fuel properties for a minimum of 6 new natural fuel types not previously attempted because of funding and time limits. The 6 fuel types will be selected from the 12 fuelbed types recommended for photo series development determined from informal assessments and 6 regional fuels workshops lead by the Pacific Northwest Research Station's Fire and Environmental Research Applications Group (FERA). In the selection process, we will give greater emphasis to the northeast fuel types. The 12 fuelbeds include: (1) red spruce/balsam fir (northeast), (2) northern mixed hardwoods (northeast); (3) mixed hardwoods (cut-over woodlots), and (4) pitch pine/pine barrens (northeast); (5) sand hill pines part II (southeast) (6) interior chaparral (southwest); (7) mature Douglas-fir/hemlock (west coast); (8) evergreen oak savanna (southwest); (9) ponderosa pine (interior west); (10) tanoak (Pacific Northwest and California), (11) three invasive grass or shrub species (interior west), and (12) western riparian areas. The fuel types selected will be important for fire risk and hazard appraisal in the United States. The photo series project will use methods similarly employed in previous photo series development. Twin Hasselblad cameras will be used to photograph the sites and appropriate fuels inventory methods determined from the literature will be used to quanti the fuels data, This photo series will be a scientifically based support tool that can be used to improve fire management decision processes (RFP-200 I - I, task 7).

Principal Investigator: Roger D. Ottmar

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

John K. Hiers

US Air Force

Eglin Air Force Base


David W. Crary

NPS-National Park Service

Cape Cod National Seashore


Alison C. Dibble

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station


Sally M. Haase

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside


John L. Hom

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station


Doug Jones

NPS-National Park Service

Acadia National Park


William A. Patterson III

University of Massachusetts

Department of Environmental Conservation


Thomas Phillips

Forest Service

Green Mountain NF-Manchester Ranger Station


Robert E. Vihnanek

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances


Richard Vollick

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Sunkhaze Meadows NWR

Federal Cooperator

Roger D. Ottmar

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

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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   1686 Government Publication How to Use the Photo and Emission Production Exercises-Instructions to the Instructor (Unit 8B)
    1031 Government Publication RX-410 Photo Series Training Package
view or print   1501 Government Publication Poster Abstract-Stereo Photo Series for Quantifying Natural Fuels in the Americas
  go to website 2303 Journal Article Sand Hill, Sand Pine Scrub, and Hardwoods with White Pine Types in the Southeast United States (One photo series volume)
view or print   2621 Journal Article Stereo Photo Series for Quantifying Natural Fuels; Volume VIa: Sand Hill, Sand Pine Scrub, and Hardwoods With White Pine Types in the Southest United States
    2622 Journal Article Stereo Photo Series for Quantifying Natural Fuels; Volume VII: Oregon White Oak, California Deciduous Oak, and Mixed-Conifer with Shrub Types in the Western United States
    3265 Journal Article A General Technical Report or research paper describing the inventory and photographic methodologies and how to use the photo series.
    979 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Four presentations at various conferences and seminars.
    980 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Ten poster presentations and published abstracts.
    981 Conference/Symposia/Workshop 35 photo series presentation and exercises at RX 410 (Smoke management), RX 300, (Burn Boss), and RX 310 (Fire Effects) national and regional training sessions.
view or print   6830 Conference/Symposia/Workshop 2003 Workshop Proceedings Using Fire to Control Invasive Plants: What’s New, What Works in the Northeast?
view or print   6831 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Second International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress and Fifth Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology
view or print   6832 Conference/Symposia/Workshop 2003 Joint Regional Conference; Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Chapter

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