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Project ID: 01-3-2-14

Year: 2002

Date Started: 03/01/2002

Date Completed: 08/10/2006

Title: Effects of Prescribed Grazing and Burning Treatments on Fire Regimes in Alien Grass-Dominated Wildland-Urban Interface Areas, Leeward Hawaii

Project Proposal Abstract: Alien grass-fueled wildfire is converting native Hawaiian dry forest and shrubland to savannas and grasslands. This conversion is causing the loss of a unique ecosystem once biologically rich in endemic and federally endangered species and threatens structures in the wildland-urban interface. Land managers are overwhelmed by the challenge of managing wildfire in a rapidly changing landscape. Effects of a range of fuels management strategies on fire regimes in a highly alien grass-invaded lowland/montane dry forest ecosystem on leeward Hawaii island will be evaluated. The study will be conducted along a major upland highway which is a key ignition source for the larger landscape. A GIS-based fire history will be completed and used to assess average fire frequency and size for this region. Twelve different fuel treatments involving grazing, burning, herbicide, or some combination of the three will be applied. Fire behavior will be measured during the prescribed fire treatments and used to calibrate the Rothermel fire spread model to this fuel type. Fuel loading will be monitored over a two-year period following treatment. Effects of treatments on predicted fire behavior will be modeled using the observed fire behavior and fuels information. Resulting outputs will be used to predict landscape-scale fire regimes. Predicted post-treatment fire regimes will be evaluated in relation to resource values and costs. Results will be presented as a field demonstration.

Principal Investigator: Amanda G. McAdams

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: Dixie NF-Powell Ranger District


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

J. Michael Castillo

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 1-Pacific Islands Office

Co-Principal Investigator

Joel Godfrey

US Army

Conservation Restoration Branch-HI

Co-Principal Investigator

Miles D. Nakahara

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Co-Principal Investigator

Randy Senock

University of Hawaii-Hilo

College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Mgt

Co-Principal Investigator

Scott L. Stephens

University of California-Berkeley

Department of Environmental Sciences-Policy & Management

Co-Principal Investigator

David R. Weise

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside

Collaborator/Contributor

Steve Bergfeld

Hawaii

DLNR-Forestry & Wildlife-Honolulu

Collaborator/Contributor

Wayne Ching

Hawaii

DLNR-Forestry & Wildlife-Honolulu

Collaborator/Contributor

Stephen DeLuz

Puu Waawaa Cattle Co.

Collaborator/Contributor

Gayland Enriques

US Army

Garrison, Offc of Installation Fire & Safety-HI

Collaborator/Contributor

Warren Hahlbeck

Hawaii County Fire Commission

Collaborator/Contributor

Jay Hatayama

Hawaii

DLNR-Forestry & Wildlife-Honolulu

Collaborator/Contributor

Roger Imoto

Hawaii

DLNR-Forestry & Wildlife-Honolulu

Collaborator/Contributor

Mikio Kato

Puu Waawaa Cattle Co.

Collaborator/Contributor

Andy Kikuta

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Big Island NWRC

Collaborator/Contributor

Stephen E. Miller

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 1-Pacific Islands Office

Collaborator/Contributor

Jack M. Minassian

NPS-National Park Service

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Collaborator/Contributor

Eric Moller

US Army

Garrison, Offc of Installation Fire & Safety-HI

Collaborator/Contributor

Darryl Olivera

Hawaii County Fire Commission

Collaborator/Contributor

David Scott

Scott Hawaiian Enterprises

Collaborator/Contributor

Carolyn Stewart

West Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Collaborator/Contributor

Mike Tomich

Hawaii County Fire Commission

Collaborator/Contributor

Robert E. Vihnanek

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Collaborator/Contributor

George Wilder

US Army

Federal Cooperator

Amanda G. McAdams

Forest Service

Dixie NF-Powell Ranger District


Project Locations

Consortium

Pacific


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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
    963 Government Publication Technical report summarizing effectiveness of various fuels management strategies on fire regimes
    460 Dataset (including spatial)  
    463 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    1308 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1309 Field Demonstration/Tour  
    1310 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    1311 Poster Puu Anahulu Wildfire Management Study: Fuels Reduction Techniques for Leeward Hawai`i
    1312 Dataset (including spatial)  
    1313 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  

Supporting Documents

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