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Project ID: 01-1-3-19

Year: 2001

Date Started: 09/19/2001

Date Completed: 04/10/2006

Title: Effects of Fuels-Reduction and Exotic Plant Removal on Vertebrates, Vegetation, and Water Resources in Southwestern Riparian Ecosystems

Project Proposal Abstract: Fuel reduction treatments are needed in southwestern riparian ecosystems. The middle Rio Grande riparian bosque (woodland) in Sandoval, Bernallilo, Valencia, and Socorro Counties, New Mexico, is a prime example of a system where fuel reduction is needed to prevent further spread of wildfire in southwestern riparian woodlands, and to reduce risks of fire damage for residents of Albuquerque, Socorro, Belen, Isleta, Sandia, Cochiti, and surrounding rural areas. Dead and downed wood and exotic woody plants comprise fUels leading to high bosque fire risk. Research will identify fuels-reduction practices that will simultaneously preserve cottonwoods and other natiye plants, reduce wild fire risk via fuels removal, control spread of exotic woody shrubs, and have positive or neutral impacts on wildlife species. Three treatments will be compared: 1) Mechanical removal of dead and down wood and exotic plants, 2) Partial mechanical removal of dead, down, and exotics followed by light prescribed fire, 3) Mechanical removal of dead, downed, and exotics followed by revegetation with native plants. Our proposed study evaluates treatment effectiveness at 16 sites over 4 counties by monitoring water quantity, soil salinity, habitat structure, plant reproductive response, and bird, bat, and herptile populations. This study addresses Task 3 of the RFP "Within the matrix of land management practices, determine the cumulative effects offuels manipulation/reduction methods...." Specifically we target Element 1 of Task 3, "address fuels treatment impacts on wildflfe populations and habitat structure, hydrology, soils, ecosystem health, or other environmental variables at a landscape or regional level."

Principal Investigator: Deborah M. Finch

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Albuquerque

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Alice Chung-McCoubrey

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Albuquerque

Co-Principal Investigator

Roy Jemison

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Albuquerque

Co-Principal Investigator

Jeffrey Kelly

University of Oklahoma

Biological Survey


Steve Ackers

Oregon State University

Andrews Experimental Forest


Roberta Chavez

BIA-Bureau of Indian Affairs

Jicarilla Agency


Greg Fenchel

NRCS-Natural Resources Conservation Service

Plant Materials Center-Los Lunas


Yasmeen Najmi

New Mexico

Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District


Matthew C. Schraeder

City of Albuquerque


John P. Taylor

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Bosque del Apache NWR


Charles P. Wicklund

New Mexico

Forestry Division

Federal Cooperator

Deborah M. Finch

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Albuquerque

Project Locations

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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   1687 Government Publication Special Focus Session: Ecology, Monitoring, and Management of Tamarisk: Monitoring Responses to Tamarisk and its Control
view or print   1692 Government Publication Special Focus Session: Ecology, Monitoring, and Management of Tamarisk: Overview of Tamarisk Problems and Management
    654 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Training workshops, hosted annually.
    655 Field Demonstration/Tour Demonstration Sites to be Used on an Annual and Ad-Hoc Basis to Host Field Tours
  go to website 656 Website Preliminary and published results will be posted on the RMRS's web site and linked to cooperators' websites.

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