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Project ID: 01B-3-2-08

Year: 2002

Date Started: 06/04/2002

Date Completed: 06/02/2004

Title: Pre-Fire Fuel Manipulation Impacts on Alien Plant Invasion of Wildlands

Project Proposal Abstract: This proposal addresses the impacts of fuel breaks or defensible fuel reduction zones on invasion of alien plant species into wildland areas representing diverse fuel types, including shrublands, woodlands and conifer forests. It will investigate this potential impact on Federal (BLM, NPS, and USFS), state (CDF) and local jurisdictions throughout California and has multi-agency cooperation and support. There are three objectives: 1) To inventory current floristic composition of fuel breaks in southern California, central coast, north coast and the Sierra Nevada and relate patterns of alien plant distribution to fuel break parameters, including construction age, past maintenance, vegetation modification treatment, proximity to roads, and other environmental variables. 2) Intensively sample belt transects from fuel breaks into surrounding vegetation to determine the extent to which fuel breaks may act as source populations for the invasion of wildland areas; this sampling will focus heavily on areas that have experienced fires within the last decade, as this is likely to be the time when ecosystems are most sensitive to the invasion process. 3) To educate resource managers on the potential problems of invasive plants, both in terms of displacing native vegetation and altering fire regimes, and on how fuel manipulations may be planned to minimize these impacts on natural landscapes.

Principal Investigator: Jon E. Keeley

Agency/Organization: USGS-Geological Survey

Branch or Dept: WERC-Sequoia & Kings Canyon Field Station


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

Kyle M. Merriam

Forest Service

Modoc National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Keith Barker

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Carson City District Office

Collaborator/Contributor

Arthur E. Eck

NPS-National Park Service

Pacific West Regional Office

Collaborator/Contributor

Mike Foster

Forest Service

Los Padres National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Corrina Marote

NPS-National Park Service

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Collaborator/Contributor

Richard H. Martin

NPS-National Park Service

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Collaborator/Contributor

David B. Sapsis

California

CAL Fire-Forestry & Fire Protection-Sacramento Headquarters

Collaborator/Contributor

Anthony Sarzotti

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Bakersfield Field Office

Collaborator/Contributor

Ray Sauvajot

NPS-National Park Service

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Collaborator/Contributor

Michael Y. Takeshita

Los Angeles County Fire Department

Forestry Division

Federal Cooperator

Jon E. Keeley

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Sequoia & Kings Canyon Field Station


Project Locations

Consortium

California

Northwest


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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
  go to website 976 Government Publication Fuel Modification Impacts on Nonnative Plant Invasion
  go to website 1006 Government Publication Effects of Invasive Alien Plants on Fire Regimes
  go to website 1007 Government Publication Ecological Impacts of Wheat Seeding After a Sierra Nevada Wildfire
  go to website 1014 Government Publication Fire Management Impacts on Invasive Plants
view or print go to website 1015 Government Publication Plot Shape Effects on Plant Species Diversity Measurements
view or print go to website 2388 Journal Article International Journal of Wildland Fire
view or print   2434 Journal Article Fuel Modification Impacts on Nonnative Plant Invasion
view or print go to website 2487 Journal Article Ecological Applications
  go to website 306 Website  
  go to website 589 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    591 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    592 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
  go to website 834 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
  go to website 841 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  

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