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Project ID: 12-1-02-15

Year: 2012

Date Started: 06/01/2012

Ending Date:  03/15/2015

Title: Development of the Rangeland Vegetation Simulator: A Module for FVS

Project Proposal Abstract: The FVS is currently incapable of estimating succession, biomass and fuels of non-forested landscapes, yet decision support models such as the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFT-DSS) require this information. In response, we propose development of the Rangeland Vegetation Simulator (RVS). The RVS estimates succession, growth and yield of non-forest vegetation components which are linked to surface fire behavior fuel models, Fuel Loading Models and Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) fuelbeds enabling fire behavior and effects simulation at any time in the successional trajectory of a stand. The RVS has added benefits of being sensitive to disturbances including fire, grazing and invasive species such as cheatgrass. Finally, the RVS provides a link to other multi-million dollar interagency projects such as Ecological Sites making it cost effective, transparent and uniquely positioned to make a positive difference in the performance of the FVS.

Principal Investigator: Matt C. Reeves

Agency/Organization: Private Consulting

Branch or Dept: Private Consulting


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Cindy D. Gordon

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Budget Contact

Edith M. Cates

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Budget Contact

Sheila Till

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fort Collins

Funding Cooperator

Matt C. Reeves

Private Consulting

Private Consulting


Project Locations

Consortium

Alaska

Appalachian

California

Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies

Northwest

Pacific

South

Southern Rockies

Southwest

Tallgrass


Level

State

Agency

Unit

NATIONAL

MULTIPLE


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