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Project ID: 00-2-34

Year: 2001

Date Started: 05/01/2001

Date Completed: 08/08/2005

Title: Fuels Treatment Demonstration Sites in the Boreal Forests of Interior Alaska

Project Proposal Abstract: Wildland fire is the dominant disturbance agent of the boreal forest of Alaska, which covers about 114 million ac. of the southcentral and interior regions. Currently, about 80% of the population of Alaska resides in communities potentially at risk from wildland fire. The wildland fire threat to these settlements is increasing, because more of the population is living in dispersed or suburban settlements in or near forested areas. Dispersed and isolated settlements are more difficult and costly to protect, so it is expected that in the future more infrastructure will be damaged by wildland fire and the cost of fire protection to infrastructure will increase. Fire fighting agencies in interior and southcentral Alaska have begun to implement fuels reduction programs, such as installation of firebreaks and shaded fuelbreaks around settlements. However, the effectiveness of these programs has not been monitored anywhere in the state, so comparison of various fuels reduction techniques is not possible. The objective of this project is to develop the first fuels treatment demonstration sites--in the form of shaded fuelbreaks-- in the boreal forests of interior Alaska. The sites will allow for the comparison of the effectiveness, environmental effects, and cost of four different fuels treatments in high density white spruce (Picea glauca) stands located on floodplains. The treatments were chosen because they represent the fuels treatment options most likely to be employed by the majority of people in interior Alaska when creating shaded fuelbreaks. The measured variables will be used to determine natural fuel loading, to model fire behavior before and after the various fuels treatments, and to determination the ecological effects of the fuels treatments.

Principal Investigator: Robert A. Ott

Agency/Organization: Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc

Branch or Dept: Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry

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Randi R. Jandt

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

International Arctic Research Center

Project Locations

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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   1757 Government Publication Forest Floor Moisture Content and Fire Danger Indices in Alaska
view or print   1762 Government Publication The Jackson Mississippi, BLM Prescribed Burn Modules 104 and 103
view or print   1764 Government Publication Effects of Thinning in Black Spruce Feathermoss Forests on Duff Moisture Content and Predicted Fire Behavior
view or print   1775 Government Publication An Analysis of Shaded Fuel Breaks on Fire Behavior
view or print   969 Government Publication Snapshots 2004 Highlighting BLM projects that Support the National Fire Plan
view or print   1052 Government Publication Boreal Forest Shaded Fuel Break Demonstration Sites
    91 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Presentation of results at a national conference.
    1077 Conference/Symposia/Workshop various field trips to demo sites involving BLM and NIFC and 2 poster presentations in lieu of 2 written annual reports.

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