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Project ID: 01-1-1-05

Year: 2001

Date Started: 09/19/2001

Date Completed: 01/11/2005

Title: Can Wildland Fire Use Restore Historical Fire Regimes in Wilderness and Other Unroaded Lands?

Project Proposal Abstract: Unroaded areas and areas managed as wilderness provide unique opportunities for applying wildland fire use (WFU) as a fuels management strategy and as a method for restoring historical fire regimes. But can WFU successfully restore historical fire regimes? An untested but common assumption is that natural ignitions can be used to restore or maintain historical fire regimes. This project will develop an approach to assess the current conditions of fuels and the feasibility of WFU as a strategy for restoring historical fire regimes in wilderness and on other unroaded lands. The information developed by this project will directly support the development of fire management plans. We will use 6-8 wilderness areas and national parks as study areas to develop our analysis approach. We will determine where WFU can be considered given the current conditions of fuels in the study area and the risks to ecological and social values both within and outside the wilderness or park. In areas where a WFU program can be considered, we will assess the availability of natural ignitions for restoring historical fire regimes and propose management options for those areas where natural ignitions are insufficient for accomplishing management objectives. Two rounds of site visits will facilitate an iterative two-way feedback process between research and management during which expert knowledge and analysis will be integrated with recorded data and model analyses.

Principal Investigator: Carol L. Miller

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

David J. Parsons

Forest Service

RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Collaborator/Contributor

Don Bertolette

NPS-National Park Service

Grand Canyon NP-Science Center Research Offc

Collaborator/Contributor

Benjamin Jacobs

NPS-National Park Service

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Collaborator/Contributor

Leon Konz

NPS-National Park Service

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Collaborator/Contributor

Kara J. Paintner

NPS-National Park Service

Natural Resource Program Center

Federal Cooperator

Carol L. Miller

Forest Service

RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Technical Contact

Brett H. Davis

Forest Service

RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute


Project Locations

Consortium

Appalachian

California

Northern Rockies

Northwest

Southwest


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
    1722 Government Publication The Spatial Context of Fire: A New Approach for Predicting Fire Occurrence
    1723 Government Publication The Feasibility of Wildland Fire Use for Restoring Natural Fire Regimes
    1104 Government Publication An Analysis of the Feasibility of Wildland Fire Use for Restoring Natural Fire Regimes
    1105 Government Publication Modeling Wildfire Probability Using a GIS
    1106 Government Publication When to Prescribe
    2280 Journal Article Modeling Wildfire Probability Using a GIS
    53 Dataset (including spatial)  
  go to website 54 Website  
    1780 Poster Using the Probability of Burning to Help Plan for Wildland Fire Use
    1781 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm Beta Version of BurnPro Model
    1782 Dataset (including spatial)  
    2680 Poster 2nd International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress
    2681 Poster Tools and Approaches to Help Plan for Wildland Fire Use: Mapping Probability of Burning
    2682 Poster Achieving Wildland Fire Stewardship: Mapping Burn Probability
    1961 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Modeling the Probability of Burning to Help Plan for Wildland Fire Use
    1962 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Tech Transfer Workshop
    1963 Invited Paper/Presentation Modeling Wildfire Probability Using a GIS
    1964 Invited Paper/Presentation Rocky Mountain Area Fuels and Fire Use Workshop
    6127 Poster Can Wildland Fire Use Restore Historical Fire Regimes in Wilderness?
    6128 Training Session Prediction of Burn Probabilities
    5655 Invited Paper/Presentation Northern Region Fire Management Officer Workshop

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