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Project ID: 03-4-1-04

Year: 2004

Date Started: 03/08/2004

Date Completed: 10/01/2007

Title: Developing an Analysis and Planning Framework for District-Level Fuels Treatments Projects

Project Proposal Abstract: This project concerns tools and methods for landscape analysis of fire and fuels. The project was approved by the Joint Fires Sciences Board in 2003 and funded for the first year to develop a "proof of concept." The remaining funding (two years) was subject to satisfactory proof of concept . The project was conceived after the PIs worked on a fuels reduction project in the Blue Mountains and found a puzzling array of unlinked models and data for analyzing fuel treatment scenarios. The goal of the project is to provide specialists and planners with a framework for simulating alternative treatment scenarios through time and capturing the differences between various scenarios in terms of potential fire effects, insect mortality, visual impacts, financial outcomes, and other attributes. As part of the project the methods and tools are being applied on a multi-ownership wildland urban interface (40,000 acres; Mt. Emily WUT), and a large watershed in the Blue Mountains (430,000 acres; Upper Grande Ronde subbasin). A third test area in the Stehekin Valley within the North Cascades National Park was later added to the project. For the proof of concept, we built a prototype framework of software and methods that linked existing models, and applied it to the Mt Emily study area. A number of reports, publications, and presentations of the methods and results were completed. We described analysis methods, new tools, and reported on the effects of different fuel treatment strategies on potential fire behavior. The remaining work on the project involves integration of the framework (provisionally named "ARCFUELS") within desktop software (ARCGIS and MS0ffice), and further application on the test areas. We will write and publish framework documents, distribute ARCFUELS via the web, and generate peer-reviewed case study papers from our study areas, and organize a session in conjunction with the circa 2005 FVS conference in Fort Collins to showcase our work and bring together other users of this type of technology.

Principal Investigator: Alan A. Ager

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: Umatilla National Forest

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jamie Barbour

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Portland

Co-Principal Investigator

Robert J. McGaughey

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Federal Cooperator

Alan A. Ager

Forest Service

Umatilla National Forest

Project Locations





Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




Southern Rockies



There are no project locations identified for this project.

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
  go to website 1457 Government Publication Operations Manual for ArcFuels
view or print   3153 Journal Article Landscape and Urban Planning
    4361 Invited Paper/Presentation Building Bridges to Information Sharing USDA/USDI
    4362 Invited Paper/Presentation Assessing Risk to Biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest. Managing Biodiversity in Pacific Northwest Forests: Strategies and Opportunities
    4363 Invited Paper/Presentation Using ArcObjects for Automating Fireshed Assessments and Analyzing Wildfire Risk
    4364 Invited Paper/Presentation An Actuarial Approach to Modeling Wildfire Risk
    4365 Invited Paper/Presentation ArcFuels
    4366 Invited Paper/Presentation ArcFuels: Forest Planning Tools for Managing Wildfire Fuels
    4411 Poster Linking Wildfire Behavior and Forest Management Models in ArcMap
    4412 Invited Paper/Presentation Tools for Modeling Fuels Treatment Alternatives at the Project Scale
    4413 Invited Paper/Presentation New GIS Tools for Landscape-Scale Fuels Treatment Planning
    4414 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuel Treatment Planning
    4415 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Modeling Wildfire Behavior and Landscape Planning
    4416 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Wildfire Risk Modeling
    4417 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuel Treatment Planning and Wildfire Risk Assessment
    4418 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuel Treatment Planning and Wildfire Risk Assessment
    4419 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuel Treatment Planning and Wildfire Risk Assessment
  go to website 3751 Website  
    6659 Poster Automating the Fireshed Process with ArcGIS
    5344 Invited Paper/Presentation A Wildfire Risk Modeling System for Evaluating Landscape Fuel Treatment Strategies
    5991 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuel Treatment Planning and Wildfire Risk Assessment

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