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Project ID: 01-3-1-06

Year: 2002

Date Started: 03/18/2002

Date Completed: 04/11/2006

Title: Two Demonstration Sites in Northern Arizona for Forest Thinning, Fire Use, and Fire Surrogate Treatments in the Ponderosa Pine Type

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose to develop two demonstration sites to promote thinning, prescribed fire, and fire surrogate treatments in ponderosa pine forest types inthe Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. The demonstration sites will also serve as applied training opportunities in conjunction with the National Prescribed Fire Training Center (NPFTC) in Florida and the Interagency Fire Use Training Academy (FUTA) in Albuquerque. The first demonstration site will be in the Flagstaff Wildland-Urban Interface (FWUI), to provide technology transfer among fire researchers, fire practitioners, other land managers, politicians, and the general public. We will emphasize the interpretation and comparison of results of ongoing fire/fire surrogate research overseen by Carl Edminster from the Rocky Mountain Research Station, and interpretation of results from a variety of fuels reduction and forest restoration treatments being employed by the Grand Canyon Forests Partnership ( The Grand Canyon Forests Partnership is an alliance of 15 environmental and governmental organizations dedicated to researching and demonstrating approaches to forest ecosystem restoration in the ponderosa pine forests surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona. The other demonstration site will be at The Nature Conservancy's Hart Prairie Preserve (HPP), where fire practitioners are using fire as an ecological restoration tool benefiting rare, declining, and common, representative species and communities. This demonstration site will emphasize wildland fuels management issues, and the interpretation of fire use for ecological objectives, including improvement of forest and grassland composition and structure, watershed and wetland improvement, and changes to wildlife habitat quality. This site has been under fire management since 1998, and affords the opportunity to serve as a long-term demonstration site and educational facility- The FWUI site is on Coconino National Forest land, is within a five-minute drive from Flagstaff, and has excellent public access, which can be guaranteed for 15 years. The HPP site is on land owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which conducts semi-weekly educational `nature hikes' that are open to the public, and they have made a long-term commitment (at least 15 years) to allow access to this site.

Principal Investigator: Edward Smith

Agency/Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Branch or Dept: AZ-Northern AZ Program & Hart Prairie Preserve

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Federal Cooperator

Linda Wadleigh

Forest Service

Kaibab National Forest

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
    1709 Government Publication Summarization of Findings of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments from the FWUI Treatment Site
  go to website 1750 Government Publication Report Building on Information Available from the Research in the Ponderosa Pine Type to Promote Appropriate Fuels and Fire Management
view or print   1323 Government Publication Guiding Principles for Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Comunity Protection
    774 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Trained Volunteers from TNC
  go to website 880 Website The GCFP website will be updated with a summarization of findings at the FWUI site and include a "Virtual Restoration Tour" to compliment the Restoration Site Tour Map.
    877 Dataset (including spatial) A Comprehensive Restoration Site Tour Map of the FWUI Treatment Sites
  go to website 878 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Trained Volunteers From the GCFP
    879 Field Demonstration/Tour The Demonstrations and the FWUI Treatment Sites

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