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Project ID: 04-2-1-94

Year: 2004

Date Started: 08/05/2004

Date Completed: 10/09/2007

Title: Effects of Fire Severity and Distance From Unburned Edge on Mammalian Community Post-Fire Recovery

Project Proposal Abstract: This study will rely on a substantial pre-fire database and original field studies to document patterns of reestablishment by mammal species and communities following the October-November, 2003, wildfires in San Diego County. These processes will be examined as functions of pre-fire fuel status, burn severity, and distance from fire perimeter in order to inform future fuel management decisions in this hotspot of biological diversity and fire-prone habitats. With extensive collaboration between federal agencies (USFS, USGS, BLM, Military) and University and NGO scientists, we will build on an extensive pre-fire database of mammal species distributions that has been collated for the San Diego County Mammal Atlas project. Using standard field sampling methods (live-trapping, Anabat recorders, track transects) we will resample mammal communities in burned and unburned plots where we have existing pre-burn mammal data on federal and nonfederal lands. We will also sample in areas of varying burn severity, different habitat types, and at varying distances inside the burn perimeter, to ascertain how pre-fire fuel conditions (e.g., as a result of previous fires or fuel treatments) and distance from unburned refugia affect patterns of reestablishment for various mammalian taxa. This information can help guide decisions on the size, location, and intensity of prescribed fires in various habitats so as to avoid conflicts with wildlife management goals in this biodiversity hotspot.

Principal Investigator: Jay Diffendorfer

Agency/Organization: University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Branch or Dept: Illinois Natural History Survey


Other Project Collaborators

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Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Federal Cooperator

Jan L. Beyers

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside


Project Locations

Consortium

California


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Project Deliverables

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("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
    212 MS Thesis Carnivore Community Response to a Large Wildfire in San Diego County, California (P. Schuette)
  go to website 836 Website  
    3399 Dataset (including spatial)  
    3400 Dataset (including spatial)  
    3401 Dataset (including spatial)  
    3439 Dataset (including spatial)  
    3217 Invited Paper/Presentation Effects of Fire Severity and Distance from Unburned Edge on Mammalian Community Post-Fire Recovery
view or print   3218 Poster Carnivore Community Response to a Large Wildfire in San Diego County, California
    3219 Dataset (including spatial)  
    3220 Dataset (including spatial)  
    3440 Dataset (including spatial)  
    1980 Invited Paper/Presentation California Department of Fish and Game
view or print   1981 Invited Paper/Presentation Small Mammal Study Design-presentation to USFWS
view or print   1982 Invited Paper/Presentation Paper--Fire Effects on Chaparral-Associated Mammals: Progress on a Multi-Year Study Following the Cedar Fire
view or print   1810 Progress Report  
view or print   1811 Progress Report  
view or print   2159 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Effects on Chaparral-Associated Mammals: Responses to Fire Severity and Distance from Unburned Edge
    6859 Invited Paper/Presentation Society for Conservation Biology Meeting June 2006
view or print   6860 Invited Paper/Presentation Carnivore Community Response to a Large Wildfire in San Diego County, California
view or print   6861 Invited Paper/Presentation Presentation--Fire Effects on Chaparral-Associated Mammals: Progress on a Multi-Year Study Following the Cedar Fire
view or print   6884 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Effects on Chaparral-Associated Mammals: Responses to Fire Severity and Distance from Unburned Edge

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