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Project ID: 06-3-3-14

Year: 2006

Date Started: 07/07/2006

Date Completed: 04/07/2010

Title: Optimizing Spatial and Temporal Treatments to Maintain Effective Fire and Non-Fire Fuels Treatments at Landscape Scales

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose a 3-year project, which includes 1.25 year to integrate existing fire behavior and optimization models into a system for spatially scheduling treatments to maintain effective fire and non-fire fuels treatments at landscape scales, .5 year to test the system on two areas with actual data, and 1.25 year to deliver the system to end users. Land managers are often faced with various obstacles when maintaining effective fuel treatments, such as limited budget and resources, narrow windows for effective prescribed burning conditions, acceptable smoke dispersion, and resource effects. Various modeling systems provide guidance but to address the problem most effectively involves the use of several diverse systems. There is a critical need to merge these systems into one decision support system that streamlines analyses for identifying where and how to treat to maintain desired fuel reduction goals, while meeting given resource and operational constraints. We propose to integrate existing fire behavior, vegetation simulation, and land management planning tools into a system that optimizes maintenance fuel treatment locations in time and space under given resource constraints, and that is immediately deliverable to end users. We will modify the Simulated Annealing algorithm in MAGIS, and use FEE-FVS and FlamMap to predict fuel reduction effects of alternative maintenance treatment locations. This decision support system will be integrated into the current MAGIS framework, so it will utilize the graphical user interfaces, as well as the MAGIS resource scheduling algorithms to evaluate the economic and operational feasibility of fuel treatments. To validate the decision support system, we will develop a spatial and temporal fuel treatments maintenance schedules for the Bitterroot Front Landscape and the Butte North area, and conduct a sensitivity analysis. To ensure that our results are useful to field managers, we will present our results at four to six meetings and two workshops with managers. We will also develop web-based tutorials and an electronic bulletin board for users to share information and ideas. Based on the MAGIS graphical user interfaces, this easy-to-use decision support system will greatly help managers to make better decisions about their fuel management by providing the best spatial and temporal locations of fuel treatments. Our research thus addresses Task 3 of JFSP AFP 2006-3, "Proposals are sought that develop guidance for maintaining effective fire and non-fire fuels treatments, with the aim of supporting long-term fuels management."

Principal Investigator: J. Greg Jones

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Missoula


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Woodam Chung

University of Montana

College of Forestry & Conservation

Co-Principal Investigator

Carl A. Seielstad

University of Montana

Department of Forest Management

Co-Principal Investigator

Hans R. Zuuring

University of Montana

College of Forestry & Conservation

Collaborator/Contributor

Mark A. Finney

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Collaborator/Contributor

Elizabeth D. Reinhardt

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Federal Cooperator

James Saveland

Forest Service

RMRS-Natural Resources Research Center


Project Locations

Consortium

Northern Rockies

Northwest


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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   1401 Government Publication Developing a Decision Support System to Optimize Spatial and Temporal Fuel Treatments at a Landscape Scale
view or print   717 Poster OptFuels: Spatial and Temporal Optimization of Fuel Treatments
view or print   1171 Photo Compares fire arrival time for a fuel treatment scenario with no action (untreated landscape).
view or print   1172 Photo Prescribed fire fuel treatment.
view or print   1173 Photo OptFuels screen for entering fire scenario conditions for flamMap.
    1321 Progress Report Summary of FY 2009 accomplishments and project status.
view or print   3113 Poster Spatial and Temporal Optimization of Fuel Treatments
view or print   3114 Conference/Symposia/Workshop FIREMAGIS Workshop
view or print   3115 Dataset (including spatial) Data Set for Testing the FIREMAGIS System
    3116 Progress Report Summary of FY 2008 accomplishments and project status.
    3117 Progress Report Summary of FY 2007 accomplishments and project status. This progress report was originally submitted by email, then added to the new website in 2008.
    5063 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm OptFuels Application
view or print   5229 Poster Spatial and Temporal Optimization of Fuel Treatments
view or print   3856 Conference/Symposia/Workshop A Decision Support System to Optimize Spatial and Temporal Fuel Treatments
view or print   4525 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm Spatial and Temporal Optimization Algorithm for Scheduling Fuel Treatments Across a Landscape
  go to website 4526 Website Web Pages Introducing Concepts and Application Development for Optfuels
    3980 Poster Poster presents an overview of fuel treatment optimization. An abstract of the poster is included in the proceedings.
    3981 Poster Poster that presents the overall design of the system under development, including links to FVS-FFE, FLAMMAP, and MAGIS.
    6499 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Developing a Decision Support System to Optimize Spatial and Temporal Fuel Treatments at a Landscape Scale
view or print   6142 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Optimizing Placement of Fire and Non-Fire Fuel Treatments Over Time at Landscape Scales
view or print   5462 Dataset (including spatial) Map PDF of Willow-Gird Project Area on the Bitterroot National Forest, Montana
view or print   7128 Photo Compares the expected loss value for a fuel treatment scenario with no action (untreated landscape).

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