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Project ID: 00-2-32

Year: 2000

Date Started: 02/12/2000

Date Completed: 09/15/2005

Title: Fire Effects and Fuels Management in Blackbrush Shrublands of the Mojave Desert

Project Proposal Abstract: Invasive annual grasses produce continuous and persistent fine fuels that cause significant fire hazards in the Mojave Desert, where increased fire frequencies threaten natural resources and recreational values. The application of fire, clipping, and herbicides during the spring has been used with mixed success for controlling invasive annual grasses in mostly disturbed sites in the Great Basin Desert, but these control methods have been rarely evaluated in relatively undisturbed wildands or in the Mojave Desert. Variation in the efficacy of these methods among ecosystems indicates that they need to be tested within the Mojave Desert before they are used by land managers there. This proposed study will establish a demonstration study site comparing these three methods for reducing fine fuels and the dominance of invasive annual grasses in previously burned and previously undisturbed creosote bush scmb habitat. The site will be protected by the Bureau of Land Management for at least 7 years to demonstrate the effects of these fuels management techniques and to evaluate their ecological effects. This proposed study will fund monitoring and reporting of the short-term treatment effects during the first post-treatment year, and will establish a protocol for long-term monitoring over multiple year intervals to evaluate the more lasting effects of the treatments. Parallel studies will be conducted by the USGS to evaluate the effects of these management methods on soil nutrients, hydrology, and erodibility. The results of this study will help land managers detennine if the control of fine fuels and invasive annual grasses is possible and cost-efficient in the Mojave Desert.

Principal Investigator: Matthew L. Brooks

Agency/Organization: USGS-Geological Survey

Branch or Dept: WERC-Yosemite Field Station


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Todd C. Esque

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Las Vegas Field Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Melissa Trader

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Las Vegas Field Station

Collaborator/Contributor

Tim Duck

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Collaborator/Contributor

Richard Franklin

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

California Desert District

Collaborator/Contributor

Tom Patterson

NPS-National Park Service

Joshua Tree National Park

Federal Cooperator

Matthew L. Brooks

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Yosemite Field Station


Project Locations

Consortium

California

Southwest


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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   1109 Government Publication Plant Community Patterns in Unburned and Burned Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) Shrublands in the Mojave Desert
    1114 Government Publication Fuels and Fire Regimes in Creosotebush, Blackbrush and Interior Chaparral Shrublands
view or print   1115 Government Publication Plant Diversity and Fire Effects in Blackbrush Shrublands
    3197 Journal Article Fire Effects and Fuels Management in Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) Shrublands of the Mojave Desert
    3080 Journal Article Plant Community Patterns in Unburned and Burned Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) Shrublands in the Mojave Desert
    2418 Journal Article Plant Community Patterns in Unburned and Burned Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) Shrublands in the Mojave Desert
  go to website 2419 Journal Article Plant Diversity and Fire Effects in Blackbrush Shrublands
view or print   2474 Journal Article Creosotebush, Blackbrush, and Interior Chaparral Shrublands
    1699 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Ecology and Management of Fire in the Mojave Desert
    1700 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Science Support for the Management of Desert Fires Provided by the USGS, Western Ecological Research Center
    1701 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Ecology Zones of the Mojave Desert
    1702 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Behavior, Fire Effects, and Fuel Management in Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) Shrublands and Invasive Annual Grasslands of the Mojave Desert
    1703 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Ecology Zones of the California Desert
    1704 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Behavior, Fire Effects, and Fuel Mangement in Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) Shrublands and Invasive Annual Grasslands of the Mojave Desert
    1705 Conference/Symposia/Workshop The Challenge of Implementing Fuels Management Treatments in the Western United States
    3592 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Research to Support the Management of Arid and Semi-Arid Ecosystems
    3593 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    3594 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    3595 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    3596 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    3597 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    6134 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Postfire Successional Patterns of Blackbrush in the Mojave Desert

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