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Project ID: 13-3-01-20


Date Started: 06/01/2013

Date Completed: 09/29/2014

Title: Quantifying the Effect of Fuel Size on Charcoal Formation During Prescribed Fire

Project Proposal Abstract: Executive Order 13514 requires quantification of greenhouse gas sequestration and emissions from land management practices. Without fully understanding the effects prescribed fire has on carbon stocks and fluxes, forest managers are left without adequate information for developing environmental impact statements for proposed fuels treatments that account for effects on climate and C sequestration. My proposed research seeks to quantify the effects of prescribed fire on the formation of charcoal and to develop a relationship between fuel size and charcoal formation that can be applied to standard fuel measurements (e.g. Browns transects) to improve estimates of the C contained in charcoal resulting from prescribed fire using data already collected by fire managers. The specific objective of this proposed research is to quantify the effects of pre-fire fuel load and fuel type on charcoal formation resulting from prescribed fire. This research will test the hypothesis that 1000 hour fuels are a significant fuel source for the formation of charcoal resulting from the implementation of prescribed fire.

Principal Investigator: Matthew D. Hurteau

Agency/Organization: University of New Mexico

Branch or Dept: Department of Biology

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

David W. Richardson

University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

OSPRA-Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Admin

Budget Contact

David W. Richardson

University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

OSPRA-Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Admin

Co-Principal Investigator

Jason P. Kaye

Pennsylvania State University

Crop & Soil Sciences

Student Investigator

Morgan L. Wiechmann

Pennsylvania State University

School of Forest Resources

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network









Sierra National Forest

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 go to website 3610 Journal Article PLoS ONE
view or print go to website 7580 Final Report Summary Draft research brief for forest managers

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