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Project ID: 01B-3-3-28

Year: 2002

Date Started: 05/16/2002

Date Completed: 08/07/2006

Title: Fire Effects on Rare Flora and Fauna in Southern California National Forests

Project Proposal Abstract: Fire is an important natural disturbance on the four southern California national forests (Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland). Therefore, forest management plans include prescribed burning as a tool to reduce fire hazard and modify habitat in chaparral, woodland and conifet ecosystems. With burgeoning population pressure at the wildland-urban interface, fire and fuels management concerns have intensified. Anthropogenic ignitions and wildland fires that threaten urban areas complicate national forest fire programs. Lack of knowledge about how threatened, endangered, sensitive or proposed (TESP) species respond to fire slows or restricts development of fire and fuels management plans. Furthermore, prescribed fire may differ from natural fire regimes in intensity, severity, and season of burn. Few of the 64 threatened or endangered plant and animal species on southern California national forests (or the many forest-listed sensitive species) are included in the national Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) or the California updates to the FEIS now in progress. Research is needed to develop an infonnation base describing fire effects on southern California TESP species. We propose to compile information on potential fire responses of TESP species and their close relatives from scientific literature and unpublished reports; via field surveys of previously burned known or suitable TESP species habitat; and by implementing collaborative studies with the national forests (involving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where appropriate) in conjunction with their prescribed burning programs. These studies will investigate plant responses to fire severity and season of burn in a replicated design. Results will be made available as a web-accessible database through PSW, distributed in a technical report (also available electronically), and contributed to the FEIS. Journal articles will be developed from experimental studies.

Principal Investigator: Marcia G. Narog

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Collaborator/Contributor

Carole A. Bell

The Nature Conservancy

CA-Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

Collaborator/Contributor

Mark I. Borchert

Forest Service

Los Padres NF-Ojai Ranger District

Collaborator/Contributor

Linh Davis

Forest Service

Cleveland National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Anne S. Fege

Business & Ecology Consulting

Collaborator/Contributor

Kate Kramer

Forest Service

San Bernardino NF-San Jacinto Ranger District

Collaborator/Contributor

Tasha LaDoux

Forest Service

Angeles National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Melody Lardner

Forest Service

San Bernardino National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Steve Loe

Forest Service

San Bernardino National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Lisa Mizuno

Forest Service

San Bernardino National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Mary Thomas

Forest Service

Cleveland NF-Trabuco Ranger District

Federal Cooperator

Jan L. Beyers

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside

Federal Fiscal Representative

Bernadette Jaquint

Forest Service

PSW-Pacific Southwest Research Station


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
view or print go to website 1194 Government Publication Using a "Fire Cage" to Test the Response of Arabis johnstonii to Fire
  go to website 2691 Journal Article Astragalus brauntonii
    456 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Workshops for Southern California Fire Personnel
    457 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Presentation in a Symposium at a Major Fire Conference
  go to website 763 Website Results will be available in a web-accessible database.
    3519 Invited Paper/Presentation Initial Response of Arabis johnstonii Munz to fire
    3520 Invited Paper/Presentation Wildfire Affects Southern California Riparian Habitat
    3521 Invited Paper/Presentation Southern California Riparian Habitat Two Years After Wildfire
    3522 Poster Fire and Clear-Cutting in California Riparian Habitat
    3523 Poster Using a ’Fire Cage’ to Test the Response of Arabis johnstonii to Fire
  go to website 3524 Poster Wildfire: Impact and Recovery of Riparian Habitat in Southern California
  go to website 3525 Poster Lost Lake Vegetation Recovery After the Blue Cut Fire
    5413 Poster Fire Tolerance Trials Suggest Positive Outcome for Prescription Burning of a Forest Sensitive Species

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