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Project ID: 01-1-3-43

Year: 2001

Date Started: 09/19/2001

Date Completed: 09/30/2004

Title: Fire, Management, and Land Mosaic Interactions: A Generic Spatial Model and Toolkit from Stand to Landscape Scales

Project Proposal Abstract: To understand the accumulation of wildland fuels and fires and to develop sound new management guidelines, the most critical research needs are a synthesis and integration of our knowledge of fire ecology, ecosystem processes, and landscape ecology, with computer models and simple tools that allow the public, land managers, and other decision makers to assess fire risk and predict the influences of fire on a given landscape. Such tools should be easy to use, with options for manipulating key factors so that alternative scenarios can be examined in a cause-effect manner to support final management decisions. The primary objective of our study is to develop a spatially explicit, PC Windows-based generic model accompanied by visualization systems that land managers can readily access to examine the potential effects of fire regimes and forestry practices on the landscape mosaic, ecosystem dynamics, fuel load patterns, and fire risk in real landscapes. Specifically, our objectives are: (1) To incorporate the interactions among wildfires, forest management, and current and future landscape mosaics and dynamics in a simple, generic, PC Microsoft Windows-based tool for resource managers and the scientific community. A visualization module will be the central component of the model, allowing users to best apply their knowledge of fire management at multiple temporal and spatial scales and to see an image of the results for stand and landscape structure; (2) To analyze intensely the ecological consequences of fire and harvest in the Chequamegon landscape and to explore alternative fire and management scenarios for this landscape; (3) To test the cause andeffect relationships among fire, management, and land mosalcs at thelandscape scale for six landscapes in addition to the Chequamegon which has distinct ecosystems, climates, fire regimes, and management guidelines; and (4) To organize workshops and promote the application and refinement of the model. Participants will include researchers, land managers, planners, and students. Six research Tasks have been identified by an interdisciplinary team with expertise in fire ecology, landscape ecology, modeling, and regional assessment to examine fire, management and their interactions with ecosystems at seven landscapes centered on National Forests across the country. We propose to synthesize existing information about fire behavior using spatial models, and to apply the models to a number of fire prone landscapes throughout the country. This study address at least three major tasks (3, 7, and 8) defined by the Joint Fire Sciences Program. Although our test landscapes are primarily focused on National Forests, the model developed through this research can be applied in any landscapes including wilderness areas.

Principal Investigator: Jiquan Chen

Agency/Organization: University of Toledo

Branch or Dept: Department of Environmental Sciences

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Soung-Ryoul Ryu

University of Toledo

Department of Environmental Sciences

Co-Principal Investigator

Bo Song

Clemson University

Department of Forestry & Natural Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

Daolan Zheng

University of Toledo

Department of Environmental Sciences


John H. Cissel

BLM-Bureau of Land Management



William Kaage

NPS-National Park Service

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks


John M. Kabrick

Forest Service

NRS-Central Hardwoods


Daniel G. Neary

Forest Service

RMRS-Southwest Forest Science Complex


Malcolm P. North

Forest Service

PSW-Sierra Nevada Research Center


Fred J. Swanson

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Corvallis


Carl C. Trettin

Forest Service

SRS-Santee Experimental Forest

Federal Cooperator

Thomas R. Crow

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station

Technical Contact

David T. Cleland

Forest Service

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest-Park Falls

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies



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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   2318 Journal Article Disturbance and Landscape Dynamics in the Chequamegon National Forest Wisconsin, USA, from 1972-2001
view or print   2319 Journal Article Available Fuel Dynamics in Nine Contrasting Forest Ecosystems in North America
view or print   2320 Journal Article A Working Framework for Quantifying Carbon Sequestration in Disturbed Land Mosaics
view or print   2321 Journal Article Emulating Natural Landscape Disturbance in Forest Management-An Introduction
view or print   2322 Journal Article Characterizing Historical and Modern Fire Regimes in Michigan (USA): A Landscape Ecosystem Approach
view or print   2323 Journal Article Effects of Climate and Land Use on Landscape Soil Respiration in Northern Wisconsin, USA: 1972 to 2001
view or print   3288 Journal Article Estimating Above ground Biomass Using Landsat 7 ETM+ Data Across a Managed Landscape in Northern Wisconsin, USA
    201 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  
  go to website 207 Website  
  go to website 180 Website  
    668 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  
  go to website 669 Website  
  go to website 670 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm  
view or print   4875 Invited Paper/Presentation Applications: Management and Climate Affect Fire Spread
view or print   4976 Invited Paper/Presentation Fires, Management, and Land Mosaic Interactions: A Generic Spatial Model and Toolkit From Stand to Landscape Scales
view or print   4977 Invited Paper/Presentation Possibility of Model Application to the Forest Fire Management--Using LandNEP and PnET Models
view or print   4978 Invited Paper/Presentation 3-D Visualization of Forest Landscape with Fire and Other Disturbances
view or print   4979 Invited Paper/Presentation Examining Effects of Landscape Mosaics, Fuel Type, and Management on Fire Spread and Behavior in Northern Wisconsin, USA using Modeling Approach

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