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Project ID: 06-1-1-11

Year: 2006

Date Started: 07/07/2006

Date Completed: 01/07/2010

Title: Photo Series for Estimating Post-Hurricane Fuels in Forest Types of the Southeast United States

Project Proposal Abstract: During the summers of 2004 and 2005, several strong hurricanes affected southern states causing the blowdown of thousands of acres of Federal, State and private forests, resulting in very large accumulations of downed woody debris. This debris is often within the wildland-urban interface, creating the potential for catastrophic loss of property and potentially life if a wildfire were to occur. Scientists believe we can expect strong hurricanes to continue to impact the southern United States in the future, so a quick and relatively accurate method for determining the dead and down woody biomass and other fuel characteristics of landscapes affected by these large catastrophic events is essential to public land management agencies and Incident Command teams. Descriptions of fuelbed characteristics are critical for assessing the appropriate fuel treatment strategies to reduce fire hazard. As a result, local disaster managers, Incident Command teams, and fire and fuel specialists are requesting that a fuels photo series be developed that allows a quick an easy assessment of fuel loading and depth for hazardous fuel treatment planning. The photo series will also enable assessments to be completed quickly and easily in other areas of the United States where blowdowns occur. The objective of this research proposal is to compile a sequence of single and stereo photographs with accompanying vegetation and fuels characterization data that will provide a quick and easy means for quantifying and describing existing fuel properties for a range of stand and damage conditions in pine and hardwood forests affected by hurricanes in the south. A minimum of 20 sites important for fire risk and hazard appraisal will be photographed and inventoried during this study and printed in one volume. Data and images generated by this study will also be included as a new volume in the Digital Photo Series. This photo series project will use methods similar to those employed in previous photo series. Photography and inventory needs to be done immediately, before the material is salvaged or begins to decay, to capture the immediate post-disturbance conditions. This photo series will be a scientifically-based support tool that will use time sensitive information or data (AFP-2006-1, task 1), and can be used to improve fire and fuel management and emergency planning and decision processes (AFP-2006-2, task #1, local needs).

Principal Investigator: Roger D. Ottmar

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Robert E. Vihnanek

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances


David J. Brownlie

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 4-Fire Management Field Office-Tallahassee


Caroline L. Noble

NPS-National Park Service

Southeast Region

Federal Cooperator

Roger D. Ottmar

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Project Locations

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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   1778 Government Publication Stereo Photo Series for Quantifying Natural Fuels Volume XII: Post-Hurricane Fuels in Forests of the Southeast United States
view or print   797 Photo Line Used for Woody Fuel Inventory at Photo Series Site
view or print   798 Photo Clipping Plots for Shrub and Grass Biomass at Photo Series Site
view or print   799 Photo Using Laser to Determine Tree Heights at Photo Series Site
view or print   800 Photo Taking Notes at Photo Series Site
view or print   810 Poster Photo Series for Estimating Post-Hurricane Fuels in Forests of the Southeast United States
view or print   967 Photo Using Compass to Layout Line for Woody Fuels Inventory at Photo Series Site
view or print   1135 Photo Photo Series Site Gulf Coast 13
  go to website 1143 Website Fire and Environmental Research Application Team’s Photo Series Website
  go to website 4259 Training Session The Post-Hurricane Photo Series Demonstrations and Training has Occured at: Technical Fire Management, Bothell, WA
view or print   6994 Photo Measuring Woody Debris at Photo Series Site
view or print   6995 Photo Measuring Woody Debris at Photo Series Site

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