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Project ID: 00-2-30

Year: 2001

Date Started: 02/28/2001

Date Completed: 07/17/2006

Title: Fire Hazard Reduction in Ponderosa Pine Plantations

Project Proposal Abstract: High severity wildfires are very common in the Stanislaus National Forest and throughout California and other western states. Ponderosa pine and other types of plantations add to the complexity of forest management because of their high fire hazard and the potential for fire spread to adjacent natural stands, along with concerns over plantation health and commercial viability. Plantations are more susceptible to fire than natural stands, reducing the likelihood that they will reach a mature age to become lasting forests. The effects of various fuel treatments, including mechanical and hand thinning, harvesting and prescribed fire are not fully understood in reforested areas, Various ages of plantations will benefit from and react differently to various types of treatments. The objective of this study is to contrast the efficacy of mechanical and hand methods with and without prescribed burning in reducing fire hazard severity in plantations. In achieving the primary objective, several secondary objectives will be addressed, including the effect of the treatment on (1) fire hazard reduction, (2) vegetation response, (3) potential fire behavior, and 4) costs and benefits. Pre-treatment vegetation data will be collected in all units, and post-treatment cover and density will be measured. Technology transfer will occur with a combination of written materials, a worldwide web site, short courses, and a self-guided "drive-walk" route. The University of California Forest Products Laboratory services will also be used to disseminate results.

Principal Investigator: John R. Swanson

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: Stanislaus NF-Groveland Ranger District


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Ken Blonski

University of California-Richmond

Forest Products Lab

Co-Principal Investigator

Kevin L. O’Hara

University of California-Berkeley

Department of Environmental Sciences-Policy & Management

Co-Principal Investigator

John Shelly

University of California-Richmond

Forest Products Lab

Co-Principal Investigator

Scott L. Stephens

University of California-Berkeley

Department of Environmental Sciences-Policy & Management

Collaborator/Contributor

Stefanie D. Saunders

North Carolina State University-Raleigh

Research Administration

Federal Cooperator

John R. Swanson

Forest Service

Stanislaus NF-Groveland Ranger District


Project Locations

Consortium

California


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Project Deliverables

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("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
    50 Ph.D. Dissertation The Effects of Fire and Fuels Reduction Treatments on Fire Hazard and Soil Carbon Respiration in a Sierra Nevada Pine Plantation
    69 Ph.D. Dissertation The Effects of Fire and Fuels Reduction Treatments on Fire Hazard and Soil Carbon Respiration in a Sierra Nevada Pine Plantation (L.N. Kobziar)
    2808 Journal Article How to Keep Plantations from Burning: The Efficacy of Fuels Reduction Treatments in a Sierra Nevada Pine Plantation
    2812 Journal Article The Effects of Fuels Treatments on Soil Carbon Respiration in a Sierra Nevada Pine Plantation
    2813 Journal Article The Role of Environmental Factors and Tree Injuries in Soil Carbon Respiration Response to Fuels Treatments in Pine Plantations
    474 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    476 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    2627 Poster Fire Hazard Reduction in Ponderosa Pine Plantations
    1908 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1909 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1910 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1911 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1912 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1913 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1914 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1915 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire and Fire Surrogates in a Sierra Nevada Pine Plantation
    1916 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Hazard Reduction in Ponderosa Pine Plantations
    1917 Invited Paper/Presentation The Effects of Fuels Treatments and Fire on Soil Carbon Respiration in a Sierra Nevada Pine Plantation
    1918 Invited Paper/Presentation Management Implications of Fuels Reduction Treatments in Ponderosa Pine Plantations

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