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Project ID: 09-2-01-7

Year: 2009

Date Started: 06/01/2009

Date Completed: 05/17/2011

Title: A Comprehensive Fuels Treatment Practices Guide for Ponderosa/Jeffrey Pine and Ponderosa/Mixed Conifer Forests

Project Proposal Abstract: Managers need access to the latest information on fuel treatments from both scientific research and other managers' experience. We will produce a guide to fuel treatment practices for ponderosa pine/jeffrey pine and ponderosa pine/mixed conifer forests in California and the Southwest by reviewing the existing literature, interviewing land managers, and conducting field meetings and synthesizing that information into the guide. This guide is important to managers because while millions of acres of these forests need fuel management, few resources exist to help plan these treatments. Sufficient science exists, but our guide will be the first synthesis of the research information for managers. We will also incorporate the applicable lessons researchers learned in creating A Comprehensive Guide to Fuels Treatment Practices for Ponderosa Pine in the Black Hills, Colorado Front Range, and Southwest. One of our first tasks is to clearly define ponderosa pine/Jeffrey pine and ponderosa pine/mixed conifer forests since the forest type exists along a broad continuum of climatic zones and consists of many different assemblages of species. Our synthesis will focus on California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, including forests of the eastern and western Sierra, the transverse and peninsular ranges in southern California, the central/southern Rocky Mountains, and the southwestern plateaus and uplands. In these areas we will cover mixed conifer forests where they mix with ponderosa and Jeffery pine. We will not include ponderosa pine stands that are too hot and/or too dry to support mixed conifer forest. We will work with the team led by Han-Sup Han that is writing a complimentary guide to fuel treatment practices in the mixed conifer forests of the Cascades, Blue, and northern Rocky Mountains. We will organize conference calls and share information on definitions, approach, results, and deliverable products throughout the project. Our first step will be to review the existing scientific literature about the ecology, silvics, silviculture, fire, and fuels treatments for these forests. During the same time frame, we will also contact land managers who work in these forests from Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Geological Survey to ensure that federal land managers are involved. We will also reach out to tribal, state, municipal, and private land stewards to include their perspective and experience on fuel treatments in ponderosa pine/Jeffrey pine and ponderosa pine/mixed conifer forests. We will interview managers and create case studies of specific fuels treatments and results based on their work. To help guide the integration of managers' experience with the literature review, we will assemble an advisory team to advise the project. The advisory team will provide a review of report drafts and help extract key themes from land manager interviews in order to write a section on Comprehensive Management Principles for the report. The advisory team will be diverse in profession, organizational affiliation, and expertise. We will invite participation from federal agencies, academics, and on-the-ground managers. Most land managers prefer to learn and share knowledge in the field. To facilitate this exchange we will host at least two field meetings to bring together managers and gather information about fuels treatments in ponderosa pine/Jeffrey pine and ponderosa pine/mixed conifer forests. After the report is completed, we will stage a second set of meetings to discuss our results with managers in the field. The final result of our research will be a publication that follows the format of RMRS-GTR-198 and provides land managers with information they can use to implement successful fuel treatment projects. The report will be written for managers in clear language with a focus on practical solutions that are illustrated by photos wherever

Principal Investigator: Alexander M. Evans

Agency/Organization: Forest Guild

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Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Scott L. Stephens

University of California-Berkeley

Department of Environmental Sciences-Policy & Management

Federal Cooperator

James A. Youtz

Forest Service

Region 3-Southwestern Region

Federal Fiscal Representative

Susan K. McDonnell

Forest Service

Region 3-Southwestern Region


Project Locations

Consortium

California

Great Basin

Southern Rockies

Southwest


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

AZ

MULTIPLE

STATE

CO

MULTIPLE

STATE

NM

MULTIPLE

STATE

UT

MULTIPLE

STATE

CA

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   1559 Government Publication Integrating Place-Based Knowledge and Research for Fuel Treatments in Mixed Conifer Forests
view or print   1461 Government Publication Comprehensive Fuels Treatment Practices Guide for Mixed Conifer Forests: California, Central and Southern Rockies, and the Southwest
view or print   6144 Poster A Comprehensive Fuels Treatment Practices Guide for Ponderosa/Jeffrey Pine and Ponderosa/Mixed Conifer Forests
  go to website 6145 Training Session Webinar hosted by the SW Fire Science Consortium to discuss the mixed conifer fuels treatment guide. A recording is available at: https://forestguild.mitel-nhwc.com/join/mycvjmy
  go to website 5883 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Mixed Conifer Fuel Treatments
  go to website 5515 Training Session Webinar hosted by the CA Fire Science Consortium to discuss the mixed conifer fuels treatment guide. A recording is available at: http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/p6blqyvwkwt/

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