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Project ID: 08-2-1-15

Year: 2008

Date Started: 05/01/2008

Date Completed: 11/14/2011

Title: Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems in the Context of Climate Change: A Synthesis for Improved Management

Project Proposal Abstract: Managing the balance b etween aquatic resources, wildfire, and fuel conditions has always been difficult, and is becoming further complicated by changeds in climate that alter both aquatic ecosystems and wildfire characteristics. An important question is how we expect the changing nature of fire in the landscape and our shifting management responsese to interact with the changing hydrologic and aquatic systems. Multiple federal agencies face this challenge and are looking for solutions. Several summaries of the effects offire on aquatic ecosystems exist (Minshall et al., 1997, Gersswell, 1999, Rieman et al, 2003, Luce, 2005, Shakesby and Doerr, 2006). Since the last major summary, many results have come from National Fire Plan and Joint Fire Sciences Program funded studies. In addition a great deal has been recognized about the nature of climate change, how it affectsfire, and how it directly affects aquatic systems. Finally, the fire management community has made dramatic changes in their approach to wildfire using Appropriate Management Response, giving fire a much larger role in landscape-scale vegetation management. Within hours of weather updates, decisions are now made that affet thousands to tens of thousands of acres. The stakes are higher and teh decisions more comples. There is a need for an updated review and synthesis of how fire affects aqwuatic ecosystems, how it interacts with land, fuel, and fire management decision, and how this all fits into the context of a changing climate. We propose a combination fo workshops, compiled chapters, and a web site to provide updated information and syntheses that will support management policies and cecisions incorporating the best available science.

Principal Investigator: Charles H. Luce

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Aquatic Sciences Lab


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

John M. Buffington

Forest Service

RMRS-Aquatic Sciences Lab

Co-Principal Investigator

Matthew R. Dare

Forest Service

RMRS-Aquatic Sciences Lab

Co-Principal Investigator

Kathleen A. Dwire

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fort Collins

Co-Principal Investigator

Zack A. Holden

University of Idaho

Department of Forest Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

Dan J. Isaak

Forest Service

RMRS-Aquatic Sciences Lab

Co-Principal Investigator

Claire McGrath

Forest Service

RMRS-Aquatic Sciences Lab

Co-Principal Investigator

Penny M. Morgan

University of Idaho

Department of Forest Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

Bruce Rieman

Forest Service

RSAC-Remote Sensing Applications Center

Federal Cooperator

Charles H. Luce

Forest Service

RMRS-Aquatic Sciences Lab


Project Locations

Consortium


Level

State

Agency

Unit

REGIONAL

Interior West

MULTIPLE

REGIONAL

Pacific Coast States

MULTIPLE


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   74 Book Manuscript for US Forest Service General Technical Report on Fire and Fish in a Changing Climate
view or print   1799 Government Publication Climate Change, Forests, Fire, Water, and Fish: Building Resilient Landscapes, Streams, and Managers
view or print   3904 Book or Book Chapter Manuscript for US Forest Service General Technical Report on Fire and Fish in a Changing Climate
view or print   3775 Book or Book Chapter Chapter on Interaction of Invasive Fishes and Wildfire
view or print   3987 Book or Book Chapter Chapter on Rainbow Trout Resilience to Wildfire in the Boise River
view or print   3988 Book or Book Chapter Review Chapter on Fire and Fish Interactions
    3989 Dataset (including spatial) zip file of endnote files comprising database of 575 articles cited in the gtr
view or print   6288 Book or Book Chapter Chapter on Genetic Evidence for Landscape Connectivity and Resilience in Western Trout

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