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Project ID: 12-1-02-15

Year: 2012

Date Started: 06/01/2012

Date Completed: 09/01/2016

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: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Other Project Collaborators




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

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Project Locations





Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




Southern Rockies









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   103 Book Chapters in Compiled Works Characterization, Mapping, and Monitoring of Rangelands: Methods and Approaches
view or print   1852 Government Publication Vulnerability of cattle production to climate change on U.S

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