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Project ID: 99-1-3-16

Year: 1999

Date Started: 09/10/1999

Date Completed: 07/08/2004

Title: Wildland Fuels Management: Evaluating and Planning Risks and Benefits

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose to develop methods that allow managers to incorporate information on the risks and benefits of wildland fuels management into landscape scale planning. Although wildland fire managers have a full spectrum of strategies available for reducing fuels, they lack appropriate tools for effectively applying these fuels management strategies at landscape scales, Furthermore, many managers are locked into a reinforcing feedback cycle in which perceived risks lead to fire suppression, leading to increased risks and further fire suppression. Existing tools and approaches for planning fire and fuels management perpetuate this cycle by focusing on risk while ignoring the potential benefits of fire. We will develop a GIS-based model that quantifies both the risks and benefits of fire across landscapes, providing managers with information critical for developing landscape-scale fuels and fire management plans that minimize the risks of fire while maximizing its benefits. We will develop the model for at least three pilot study sites representing different geographic locations and fuel types. The model will require generally available data for input, thus ensuring its applicability across multiple fuel types and geographic areas. This set of basic data will be used to derive the risks and benefits of wildland fire across landscapes. We have already used substantial input from agency fire management officers and fuels specialists to develop a conceptual framework for this model. To further ensure that the model will be nationally applicable, we will convene a workshop of fire managers and fuels specialists to identify important informational needs that are common to fire managers from different agencies and geographic regions. These common needs willbe used to guide the development of the model. Frequent feedback from managers will be used to improve and refine the model. Model output will be compatible with multiple database structures and computer platforms, thereby enabling use by different land management agencies.

Principal Investigator: Peter B. Landres

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Anne E. Black

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Missoula

Co-Principal Investigator

Carol L. Miller

Forest Service

RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Collaborator/Contributor

Paul Alaback

University of Montana

Department of Forest Management

Federal Cooperator

Peter B. Landres

Forest Service

RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute


Project Locations

Consortium

Alaska

Appalachian

California

Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies

Northwest

Pacific

South

Southern Rockies

Southwest

Tallgrass


There are no project locations identified for this project.

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   1745 Government Publication Map Library for the Bitterroot National Forest (West Fork RD)
  go to website 1552 Government Publication Bitterroot National Forest:Fire Effects Planning Framework 2004 Fire Effects Map Library
    1628 Government Publication Fire Effects Planning Framework: Helping to Identify Benefits and Risks of Fire
view or print   1533 Government Publication Appendices to Final Report--Fact Sheets Posted on the Website
  go to website 1250 Government Publication Fact Sheets: Steps of the Process and Addressing FAQs
    1251 Government Publication Fire Effects Planning Framework: A User’s Guide
view or print   1254 Government Publication Evaluating Risks and Benefits of Wildland Fire at Landscape Scales
    1266 Government Publication Identifying the Benefits and Risks of Fire Improves Planning
view or print   1353 Government Publication Fire Effects Planning Framework
view or print   1360 Government Publication Exploring Information Needs for Wildland Fuels and Fire Management
view or print   2279 Journal Article The Spatial Context of Fire: A New Approach for Predicting Fire Occurrence
    2333 Journal Article Evaluating Risks and Benefits of Wildland Fire at Landscape Scales
  go to website 2334 Journal Article Exploring Information Needs for Wildland Fire and Fuels Management
    2335 Journal Article Estimating Fire Severity and Fire Occurrence Probabilities Across Landscapes
view or print   3356 Journal Article International Journal of Wilderness
view or print   2774 Journal Article Wildland Fire Use: A Wilderness Perspective on Fuel Management
  go to website 48 Website  
    1786 Invited Paper/Presentation Presentation to the Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
    1787 Invited Paper/Presentation Restoring Wilderness Fire: Challenges and Opportunities
view or print   1788 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Effects Planning Framework
    2507 Conference/Symposia/Workshop The Probability of Fire Occurrence: A Model for Managers
view or print   2508 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Ecological Restoration: Conference Proceedings
    2509 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Wildland Fuels Management: Evaluating and Planning Risks and Benefits
    2510 Field Demonstration/Tour Laramie Foothills Fire Learning Network, Fort Collins, CO
    2511 Field Demonstration/Tour Bitterroot National Forest
    2512 Field Demonstration/Tour Fire Program Analysis Team, Boise, ID
    2513 Field Demonstration/Tour Western Montana Planning Zone
    2514 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Effects Planning Framework: Identifying Risks and Benefits
    2515 Invited Paper/Presentation Wildland Fuels Management: Evaluating and Planning Risks and Benefits
    2516 Invited Paper/Presentation Addressing Wilderness Fire Management Challenges Through Research
    2023 Poster Wildland Fuels Management: Identifying Ecological Risks and Opportunities
    2024 Poster Identifying Fire’s Benefits and Risks for Wildland Fuels and Fire Planning
    2025 Poster Achieving wildland fire stewardship: the Fire Effects Planning Framework
    2026 Training Session Managing Wildland Fire for Resource Benefits
    2027 Dataset (including spatial) Fire Effects Planning Framework Map Library
    2555 Invited Paper/Presentation Restoring Wilderness Fire: Challenges anad Opportunities
    2556 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Effects Planning Framework: Integrating Benefits into Wildland Fire Decision Making
    5123 Invited Paper/Presentation Making Decisions About Fire: A Structure for Inquiry and Preliminary Results
    5162 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Effects Planning Framework: Integrating Benefits into Wildland Fire Decision Making
    6522 Field Demonstration/Tour Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
    6523 Invited Paper/Presentation Wildland Fire: What’s the Problem?
    6524 Invited Paper/Presentation Presentation to the Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project
    6528 Poster Tools and Approaches to Help Plan for Wildland Fire use: the Fire Effects Planning Framework
    6774 Field Demonstration/Tour Sierra National Forest
    5330 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Managing the Risks and Benefits of Wildland Fire

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