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Project ID: 05-4-3-15

Year: 2005

Date Started: 05/11/2005

Date Completed: 07/14/2009

Title: Integrated Analysis for Management of Fire and Fuels, Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecological Processes, and Conservation of Sensitive Aquatic Species

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose development of a spatially explicit decision support system that integrates knowledge of aquatic species needs into the Fire Effects Planning Framework (JFSP 2004). Hazardous fuels projects increasingly come into conflict with habitat protection needs of threatened, endangered, and sensitive aquatic species. Conflict emerges from uncertainty over whether large wildfires, or the fuels management activities intended to mitigate wildfires, represent a greater threat to the long-term persistence of sensitive species and the quality and extent of their habitats. Managers need to identify landscapes where fuels management, ecological restoration and sensitive species management are in conflict or convergence. Existing information, developed with support from the National Fire Plan and JFSP, indicates that both cases exist, but the relative risks may vary dramatically with landscape and ecological context. To optimize the multiple demands of watershed/habitat protection and improvement and hazardous fuels reduction, managers must weigh the vulnerability and isolation of fish populations and habitats, hydrologic connectivity between hill slopes and critical habitats, and the likelihood of damaging events. In response to AFP 2005-4 Task 3 we propose to develop a spatially explicit aquatic/fire decision support tool and integrate it with the Fire Effects Planning Framework. FEPF is an existing JFSP funded tool that provides managers with the ability to spatially identify and track where fire may provide ecological and social benefits and where it poses risks to accomplishing management goals. FEPF is used at a variety of planning scales to assist in land management plan revision, Fire Management Plan updates, landscape scale fuels treatment planning, and incident support. FEPF currently defines benefits based primarily on vegetative stand condition and considers watershed and fisheries as constraints. With the proposed decision support model the potential benefits to aquatic resources can also be considered. We anticipate significant opportunity for strategically locating fuels treatment to simultaneously resolve both terrestrial and aquatic issues. By integrating this decision support tool into FEPF, which is pursuing an aggressive science delivery and application course, we are able to place this new ability directly and immediately into the hands of managers, facilitating both hazardous fuels reduction and restoration of critical species habitats.

Principal Investigator: Charles H. Luce

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Aquatic Sciences Lab

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Anne E. Black

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Paul F. Hessburg

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Wenatchee

Co-Principal Investigator

Carol L. Miller

Forest Service

RMRS-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Co-Principal Investigator

Bruce Rieman

Forest Service

RSAC-Remote Sensing Applications Center

Federal Cooperator

Janine E. Powell

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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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   1392 Government Publication Avenues for Integration of IF3 Modeling Results with the Fire Effects Planning Framework, FEPF
view or print   1399 Government Publication Application of IF3 Decision Support Models for Bull Trout Habitat in Clear Creek, Idaho
view or print   1400 Government Publication Evaluating Risks and Opportunities for Gila Trout Management in the Gila National Forest
view or print   2836 Journal Article 120: Land Use and Land Cover Effects on Runoff Processes: Fire
    225 MS Thesis Stream Succession: Channel Changes After Wildfire Disturbance (N.E. Scheidt)
    2012 Invited Paper/Presentation Fuel Management Planning Considering Spatial CWE
    2255 Poster Integrated Analysis for Management of Fire and Fuels, Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecological Processes, and Conservation of Sensitive Aquatic Species
    4725 Poster Wildfire, Channel Disturbance, and Stream Temperature: Spatio-Temporal Patterns and Associations with the Distribution of Fish and Amphibians in Central Idaho
    4726 Training Session Effects of Fire on Watersheds and Fish
    5291 Invited Paper/Presentation Mass Wasting and Forest Fires: Processes at Multiple Scales
view or print   3849 Poster Gila Trout Habitat in the Gila National Forest: Current Conditions and Predicted Persistence
    3855 Invited Paper/Presentation Integrating Fish, Forests, and Fire to Define Restoration Opportunities and Conservation Priorities in the South Fork Boise River, Idaho
    4555 Invited Paper/Presentation Physical Tools for Predicting Habitat Patch Networks at Basin Scales: Potential Applications for Understanding Salmonid Persistence in a Changing Environment
    4556 Invited Paper/Presentation The Potential Influence of Stair-Step Morphology on the Initiation of Bulking Debris Flows in Southwestern Idaho
    4557 Invited Paper/Presentation Cumulative Watershed Effects: Approaches to the Use of ECA
    4558 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire, Floods, and Fish: Implications of Changing Fire Regimes and Climate, for Species Like Bull Trout
    4559 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Long-Term Impacts of Fire and Mass Wasting on Solar Loading and Stream Heating in Mountain Streams of Central Idaho
    6444 Training Session Fire Effects on Forest Soils
view or print   6498 Poster Integrated Analysis for Management of Fire and Fuels, Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystem Processes, and Conservation of Sensitive Species

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