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Project ID: 01B-3-3-15

Year: 2002

Date Started: 05/16/2002

Date Completed: 08/14/2006

Title: Integrating Prescribed Fire into Management of Mixed-Oak Forests of the Mid-Atlantic Region: Developing Basic Fire Behavior and Fuels Information for the Silvah System

Project Proposal Abstract: Nearly a century of fire prevention and exclusion in the eastern United States has resulted in dense mixed-oak forests that are incapable of sustaining themselves and a lack of basic fuels and fire behavior knowledge/information for this forest type. There is growing interest in using more prescribed fire to sustain mixed-oak forests but managers desiring to do so are hampered by this fuels/fire behavior knowledge gap. This dearth of basic information also impacts wildfire control efforts, especially in the expanding urbanlwildland interface. The primary objectives of this study are to develop a photo series for the common fuel conditions of mixed-oak forests and evaluate the appropriateness of the existing hardwood fuel models to these fuel conditions through a series of computer simulations and intensely monitored prescribed fires. By doing so, some of the fuels/fire behavior knowledge gap will be filled, making prescribed fire planning/implementation and wildfire control more effective and safer.

Principal Investigator: Patrick H. Brose

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: NRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Irvine PA

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Thomas M. Schuler

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Jeffrey Ward


Agricultural Experiment Station


Mike Boland

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Natural Resources


Mike Davis

Forest Service

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests


Emery Hurlock


Division of Forestry-Eastern District


Doug Riley

NPS-National Park Service

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area


Elizabeth Schubert

Forest Service

Monongahela NF-Cheat Ranger District


John Schultz

Forest Service

Allegheny National Forest

Federal Cooperator

Patrick H. Brose

Forest Service

NRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Irvine PA

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
view or print   967 Government Publication Mortality, Survival, and Growth of Individual Stems After Prescribed Burning in Recent Hardwood Clearcuts
    736 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Conference presentations.
    737 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire in Eastern Oak Forests: Delivering Science to Land Managers
    738 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Training sessions for the sites in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
    739 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Week long events attended by 60 professionals annually.
    740 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Sites on the Monongahela National Forest Will be Used in 2002 for Field Trips

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