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Project ID: 06-2-1-17

Year: 2006

Date Started: 07/07/2006

Date Completed: 04/30/2010

Title: Restoring Fire to Endemic Cypress Populations in Northern California

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose a study to meet the following objectives: 1) Examine how prescribed burning and thinning treatments affect cypress regeneration; 2) Identify factors that influence recruitment of cypress, such as fire return interval, stand age, fire severity, fuel loads, and site conditions such as duff depth, canopy cover, and percentage of exposed mineral soil; and 3) Develop recommendation for cypress management and provide a risk assessment of cypress populations across the Klamath, Plumas, and Lassen National Forests, and the Alturas Resource Area of the BLM. We will establish four study sites where prescribed burning and thinning treatments will be applied using an experimental design. We will also collect data on cypress regeneration at sites that have been burned by wildfires and sites that have been logged. This proposed research will identify factors that promote cypress regeneration. We will develop and disseminate products that describe these factors, make recommendations about how to achieve these conditions through management, and assess the risk of other extant cypress occurrences throughout the Klamath, Plumas, and Lassen National Forests and the Alturas Resource Area of the BLM. These products will be widely available through a website, a General Technical Report, a scientific publication and presentations, agency presentations, and an agency workshop and field trip. This information will not only fill local data gaps in our understanding of how to restore fire to cypress occurrences in northern California, but will also provide general information about cypress regeneration that may help inform management of cypress throughout the rest of the state.

Principal Investigator: Kyle M. Merriam

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: Modoc National Forest

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Max Creasy

Forest Service

Klamath National Forest

Co-Principal Investigator

Hugh D. Safford

Forest Service

PSW-Univ of CA-Davis

Federal Cooperator

Linnea Hanson

Forest Service

Plumas NF-Feather River Ranger District

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network



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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   600 Poster Restoring Fire to Baker Cypress Populations in Northern California
view or print   602 Invited Paper/Presentation Using Fire to Restore Baker Cypress Populations in Northern California
view or print   5893 Poster Population Distribution and Age Structure on Baker Cypress Stands in Northern California and Southern Oregon

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