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Project ID: 01B-3-3-13

Year: 2002

Date Started: 06/27/2002

Date Completed: 01/30/2007

Title: Quantification of Fuel in Baccharis (Coyote Bush) Shrub Types: Assessing Fuel Loading Using Destructive and Non-Destructive Methods

Project Proposal Abstract: Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore are both situated in a wildland-urban interface, where accurate fuel loading is essential to responsible fire management planning. Currently, there are no accepted quantitative methods for assessing fuel loading in live shrub fuels. This study will compare three indirect measures, leaf area index, basal stem diameters and estimated height, with direct, destructive biomass sampling, to determine simple field methods for assessing fuel loading in Baccharis (coyote bush) shrub vegetation. Comparisons will be made with linear regression, and correlation will be determined with a minimum R2 value of 0.25, although the values will optimally range from 0.3 to 0.7. The study is expected to be completed within one year, and the resulting methods will be applicable to other shrub vegetation types in the same and other ecological regions.

Principal Investigator: William H. Russell

Agency/Organization: USGS-Geological Survey

Branch or Dept: WERC-Golden Gate Field Station

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Peggy Herzog

NPS-National Park Service

Point Reyes National Seashore

Federal Cooperator

William H. Russell

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Golden Gate Field Station

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