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Project ID: 04-2-1-84

Year: 2004

Date Started: 07/21/2004

Date Completed: 11/16/2007

Title: Translating SPLSTs From a Theoretical to a Real World Landscape: The Implications of Fuel Management Strategies for Sagehen Creek Basin, Tahoe National Forest

Project Proposal Abstract: Nearly a century of fire suppression in the Sierra Nevada has had the unintended consequence of placing millions of hectares of forest at risk of catastrophic fire. Modifying wildland fire behavior across landscapes in the Sierran National Forests has been identified as a management priority. The preferred response is to apply strategic fuel treatments at the landscape level, yet there is little guidance for the implementation of this strategy. Sagehen Creek Basin in the Tahoe National Forest provides a representative landscape, where the accumulation of forest fuels has created a severe risk of catastrophic wildfire. The primary goal of the proposed administrative study is: To evaluate the effectiveness of strategically placed area treatments (SPLAT) in reducing fire hazard at Sagehen Creek Basin. Our approach is first to build a field-parameterized version of the fire behavior model, FARSITE, and simulate alternative fuel management designs. The performances of these designs would be evaluated in terms of slowing fire spread and reducing fire intensity. The data needed to develop the map layers for FARSITE would be obtained from a network of geo-referenced field plots where we would measure the fire-relevant attributes of the vegetation and the surface fuels. Since these attributes are not only heterogeneous but also resistant to measurement via remote sensing, we will explore innovative, efficient field methods for assessing fuel loads. We will capitalize on the long-term monitoring record at Sagehen to quantify the recent trends in forest change and use the results to inform fuel management strategies. Our hope is that the specific lessons learned during this intensive study of one landscape will help guide planning for other management units in the Tahoe National Forest and other forest in the Sierra Nevada. The presence of Sagehen Creek Field Station provides vital infrastructure support to extend these results to both professional managers and the interested public.

Principal Investigator: Scott L. Stephens

Agency/Organization: University of California-Berkeley

Branch or Dept: Department of Environmental Sciences-Policy & Management


Other Project Collaborators

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Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

John J. Battles

University of California-Berkeley

Department of Environmental Sciences-Policy & Management

Federal Cooperator

Joanne Roubique

Forest Service

Tahoe NF-Truckee Ranger District


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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   980 Government Publication Point Relascope Sampling of Surface Fuels
view or print   564 Invited Paper/Presentation Translating SPLATs From a Theoretical to a Real World Landscape
view or print   565 Invited Paper/Presentation Translating SPLATs From a Theoretical to a Real World Landscage--Evaluated Performance of Initial SPLAT Design at Sagehen Creek Basin
view or print   566 Invited Paper/Presentation Translating SPLATs From a Theoretical to a Real World Landscape
  go to website 567 Website  
    622 Field Demonstration/Tour  
view or print   623 Invited Paper/Presentation Translating SPLATs From a Theoretical to a Real World Landscape: The Implications of Fuel Management Strategies for Sagehen Creek Basin, Tahoe National Forest
view or print   4370 Invited Paper/Presentation Canopy Cover Analysis
view or print   6677 Invited Paper/Presentation Translating SPLATs From a Theoretical to a Real World Landscape
view or print   6812 Poster Translating SPLATs From a Theoretical to a Real World Landscape: The Implications of Fuel Management Strategies for Sagehen Creek Basin, Tahoe National Forest

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