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Project ID: 16-1-05-11

Year: 2016

Date Started: 10/01/2016

Ending Date:  10/30/2019

Title: Post-fire landscape management and fire severity influences in Western Oregon forests

Project Proposal Abstract: Some of the worlds most productive forests are found in the low to mid-elevations of the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Climate, topography and vegetation combine to create the complex effects from mixed severity fires that characterize these landscapes. Pre-fire land management (timber harvest) and post-fire activities (salvage and suppression) are affecting trajectories of fuel accumulation and vegetation succession thus having profound effects on reburn potential, future fire regimes, and the resilience of post-fire landscapes. While a number of studies have examined short term responses to fire in forests with mixed severity regimes, data are lacking on the dynamics of change associated with differences in fire severity and management alternatives in the decades following fire. This proposal encompasses six fires in the western Cascades of Oregon (Figure1) that provide a unique natural experiment to quantify long-term changes in succession, fuel dynamics and potential fire behavior. The over-arching objective of this proposal is to quantify the long-term trajectories of succession, fuels dynamics and potential future fire behavior as influenced by prefire conditions (logged or old growth), fire severity, and post-fire management on the spatio-temporal patterns of forests in the western Cascades. This study will provide managers with direct information on the impacts and effectiveness of management alternatives at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Principal Investigator: John B. Kauffman

Agency/Organization: Oregon State University

Branch or Dept: Department of Fisheries & Wildlife


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Patricia A. Hawk

Oregon State University

Office of Sponsored Programs

Budget Contact

Patricia A. Hawk

Oregon State University

Office of Sponsored Programs

Co-Principal Investigator

Steven A. Acker

Forest Service

Willamette National Forest

Co-Principal Investigator

David M. Bell

Forest Service

PNW-RMA-Resource Monitoring & Assessment-Corvallis

Co-Principal Investigator

Lisa M. Ellsworth

Oregon State University

Department of Fisheries & Wildlife

Co-Principal Investigator

Jane Kertis

Forest Service

Siuslaw National Forest


Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Northwest


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

OR

FS

Willamette National Forest

STATE

OR

FS

Umpqua National Forest


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