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Project ID: 11-1-9-14

Year: 2011

Date Started: 08/01/2011

Ending Date:  07/01/2014

Title: Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services in Wildfire Risk Assessments and Fuel Treatment Planning

Project Proposal Abstract: This project will combine methods from multiple disciplines to provide new applied research for timely and policy relevant wildland fire and natural resource management issues. We propose research to address the tension between allocating fuel treatments to reduce risk to values within the wildland urban interface (WUI) rather than to reduce risk to ecological values within the forest. We will conduct landscape risk assessments using social and community vulnerability, ecosystem services, and economic values at risk to wildfire to describe the tradeoffs inherent in prioritizing fuel treatments. We will assess the spatial congruence of values at risk and treatment priorities to determine if certain win-win areas of the study landscape are important regardless of value preference. Furthermore, we will create a portable method to assess social and community vulnerability to wildfire hazards, test the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) suite of models and compare them to two models used within the wildfire management community, and demonstrate bi-criteria optimization to facilitate tradeoff analyses, all while operating in a cost-effectiveness framework to maximize the effectiveness of fuel treatment resources.

Principal Investigator: Nathan J Wood

Agency/Organization: USGS-Geological Survey

Branch or Dept: Western Geographic Science Center-Menlo Park

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Richard L. Gaffney

USGS-Geological Survey

Western Geographic Science Center-Menlo Park

Budget Contact

Richard L. Gaffney

USGS-Geological Survey

Western Geographic Science Center-Menlo Park

Co-Principal Investigator

Jason R. Kreitler

USGS-Geological Survey

Western Geographic Science Center-Menlo Park


Nicole M. Vaillant

Forest Service

PNW-Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Ctr

Federal Cooperator

Nathan J Wood

USGS-Geological Survey

Western Geographic Science Center-Menlo Park

Project Locations










Deschutes National Forest




Prineville District




Private lands

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