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Project ID: 01B-3-3-26

Year: 2002

Date Started: 06/27/2002

Date Completed: 12/27/2005

Title: Fire Knowledge for Managing Cascadian Whitebark Pine Forests

Project Proposal Abstract: Whitebark pine forests are an important feature of the Cascade Mountain Range. These fire-dependent forests are declining from an introduced disease and possibly fire exclusion. Managers in the region are mandated to maintain these forests within National Parks and Wilderness Areas where they are valued by tourists, recreationists, and wildlife. Although current Fire Management Plans are calling for increased prescribed fire, they lack any science-based objectives for fire frequency, severity, and size pertaining to these forests because no formal research has been conducted in the Cascades. Knowledge of fire regimes is critical for burn unit planning. This project will provide a baseline of knowledge by documenting fire regimes and conditions for the different whitebark pine fuel types. Methods are based on field sampling. We will describe historic stand conditions and estimate potential ecological effects of fire exclusion policies. Our findings and management guidelines will be articulated in a general technical report aimed at better preparing managers to complete fire planning for Cascadian whitebark pine forests.

Principal Investigator: Michael P. Murray

Agency/Organization: Ministry of Forests and Range-British Columbia

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Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept


James Hadfield

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Wenatchee


Laurie L Kurth

NPS-National Park Service

Mount Rainier National Park


Mary Rasmussen

NPS-National Park Service

Crater Lake National Park


Alison Robb

NPS-National Park Service

Mount Rainier National Park


Regina Rochefort

NPS-National Park Service

North Cascades NPS Complex

Federal Cooperator

Michael P. Murray

Ministry of Forests and Range-British Columbia

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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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
    399 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Workshops will be given at each of the tree study areas.
    401 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Several oral presentation were done in Oregon and Washington.
    402 Conference/Symposia/Workshop 2 poster presentations in Oregon.
    5934 Dataset (including spatial) Digital data files to be given, including field data couples with digital maps (GIS layers) consisting of plot locations, increment cores and cross-sections.

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