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Project ID: 13-4-01-4

Year: 2013

Date Started: 10/01/2013

Ending Date:  12/31/2016

Title: Data Archiving of BLM White Mountains/Steese Fire History Study

Project Proposal Abstract: Interior Alaska is experiencing significant environmental change due to a dramatic increases in the size and frequency of wildland fire (Beck et al. 2011a), novel forest insect infestations (Wagner et al. 2008), and a large-scale shift in forest biomes (Beck et al. 2011b). In 2001, the eastern interior office of the Bureau of Land Management began collecting data to assess caribou habitat quality and fire history in the White Mountains National Recreation Area and Steese National Conservation Area of interior Alaska. These two study areas encompass over 2.2 million acres of federal land and provide valuable habitat for the White Mountains and Forty-mile caribou herds. The vegetation portion of the project includes point-intercept sampling of over- and under-story vegetation cover using line transects and belt transects of tree density and height classes. The dendrochronology analysis will improve on existing stand ages, document fire scars, and measure ring widths for select high-quality samples in order to assess the forests response to climate. We have sampled and analyzed over 400 sites and collected over 1550 dendrochronology samples within the study areas. Our current priority is to database all remaining monitoring data, improve quality control and assurance methods, formally document all field and data processing methodologies (including generation of metadata), and archive derived datasets and metadata in a publicly accessible online database. We believe these datasets will provide essential information for the management of boreal forests and caribou herds, while augmenting the amount of data available for fire and climate modeling. Additionally, the permanent transects are designed for subsequent monitoring and the archiving of the data and metadata will provide all necessary information for future resampling of the transects.

Principal Investigator: Thomas A. Grant III

Agency/Organization: Western State Colorado University

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Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Gwendolen M. Griscavage

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Grants & Contract Administration

Budget Contact

Andrew M. Gray

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Office of Sponsored Programs

Co-Principal Investigator

Jim D. Herriges

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Eastern Interior Field Office

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network







Interior West









Chugach National Forest




Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

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