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Project ID: 03-2-2-01

Year: 2003

Date Started: 09/04/2003

Date Completed: 02/05/2007

Title: Effects of Blowdown, Beetle Outbreak, and Fire History on the Behavior and Effects of the 2002 Fires in Western Colorado

Project Proposal Abstract: Research is needed on the relationships between pre-fire forest conditions and the behavior and effects of the 2002 fires in Colorado. We have high-quality and unique pre-fire data on the extent and severity of fires, blowdown, and beetle outbreak in areas of Routt and White River National Forests that were affected by the 2002 fires. The objectives of the proposed research are to analyze and describe the influences of the pre-fire disturbance history, stand structures, and landscape patterns on the extent and severity of the 2002 fires and ensuing forest recovery in subalpine forests of western Colorado. Regional and landscape analysis of our existing data and recent Forest Service spatial data sets of the 2002 fires will be conducted in a Geographic Information System (GIS). This analysis will focus on the interactions between site, disturbance history and the spread and severity of the 2002 fires. In the field, finer scale (intra-stand) analysis will be conducted on disturbance interactions and post-fire recovery (i.e. tree regeneration). Our existing data and the 2002 fires present a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of the effects of large natural disturbances on fire behavior and post-fire recovery. The proposed research will provide results that are directly related to goals of the JFSP and that will provide critical information regarding management following large, severe disturbances in Rocky Mountain subalpine forests.

Principal Investigator: Claudia E. Regan

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: Region 2-Rocky Mountain Region

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Dominik W. Kulakowski

Clark University

Graduate School of Geography

Co-Principal Investigator

Thomas T. Veblen

University of Colorado-Boulder

Department of Geography

Federal Cooperator

Claudia E. Regan

Forest Service

Region 2-Rocky Mountain Region

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Southern Rockies


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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
    2511 Journal Article Historical Range of Variability for Forest Vegetation of the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado
view or print   2529 Journal Article Colorado State University
view or print   2495 Journal Article Ecology
view or print   3357 Journal Article Ecology
    1021 Field Demonstration/Tour Two-Day Field Trip and Workshop in the BFL and RD Study Areas
    1022 Invited Paper/Presentation Multiple presentations conducted in 2004, 2005, and 2006

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