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Project ID: 00-2-05

Year: 2001

Date Started: 02/06/2001

Date Completed: 04/30/2008

Title: Kings River and Lake Tahoe Basin Demonstration Sites for Fuel Treatments

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose to develop prescribed fire, thinning, and control demonstration sites in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest types in the southern Sierra Nevada (Sierra National Forest) and in mixed conifer forest in the Lake Tahoe Basin. These two sites will be used to monitor changes in wildlife abundance and productivity, snags, stream flow and chemistry, nutrient cycling, soil physical properties, and vegetation before and after fuels treatments. We have two main objectives: establish easily accessible demonstration sites with interpretative materials for the public and perform designed and replicated research at these sites. These objectives match well with the proposed Cohesive Strategy, Protecting People and Sustaining Resources in Fire-Adapted Ecosystems? (Forest Service 2000). This proposal allows for integration of plot and landscape scale treatments for vegetation, soil and nutrient measurements. Interpretative signs will be posted and the sites will be available for public viewing for a minimum of 15 years. The Kings River Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Project currently conducts 6-8 field trips a year to discuss activities on the Administrative Study and to demonstrate fuels treatments to state and federal agencies, research scientists, elected officials, and environmental and other interested groups. Such outreach activities are expected to increase with the development of the Museum of the Central Sierra at Shaver Lake. The Kings River site will serve a large California Central Valley population (city of Fresno 400,000, Fresno county 761,000 people). The Lake Tahoe site,on the southeast shore of the lake, is close to the population centers of State Line, Nevada, and South Lake Tahoe, California; two areas that draw many visitors for recreation. Researchers at this site plan to work with the Nevada Cooperative Extension; educational outreach will occur for K-i 2 and undergraduates. The Tahoe site is an example of an urban/wildland interface while the Kings River site has multiple ownerships including rural subdivisions and industry. This research will support the Sierra Nevada Framework Project and brings together a diverse set of collaborators: Pacific Southwest Research Station and Sierra National Forest within the Forest Service, University of California, Southern California Edison, University of Nevada, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Cooperative Extension, and the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Principal Investigator: Carolyn T. Hunsaker

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PSW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fresno


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Karen E. Bagne

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Albuquerque

Co-Principal Investigator

Sean Eagen

Forest Service

PSW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fresno

Co-Principal Investigator

Dale W. Johnson

University of Nevada-Reno

Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science

Co-Principal Investigator

Watkins W. Miller

University of Nevada-Reno

Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science

Co-Principal Investigator

Kathryn L. Purcell

Forest Service

PSW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fresno

Co-Principal Investigator

John Rotenberry

University of California-Riverside

Department of Biology

Co-Principal Investigator

Roger F. Walker

University of Nevada-Reno

Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science

Collaborator/Contributor

Dave Kohut

Forest Service

Sierra National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Dave McCandliss

Forest Service

Sierra NF-High Sierra Ranger District

Collaborator/Contributor

Ray Porter

Forest Service

Sierra NF-High Sierra Ranger District

Federal Cooperator

Carolyn T. Hunsaker

Forest Service

PSW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fresno


Project Locations

Consortium

California


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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   77 Ph.D. Dissertation The Effects of Prescribed Burning in the Spring on Avian Communities in the Sierra Nevada of California (K.E. Bagne)
view or print   1434 Government Publication FIRE in the Sierra Nevada
    3020 Journal Article Fire Effects on Carbon and Nitrogen Budgets in Forests
    201 MS Thesis Soil Chemical Changes Following Wildfire and Prescribed Fire in Sierra Nevada Forest Soils (J.D. Murphy)
    3683 Invited Paper/Presentation The Effects of Fire on Ecosystem Nitrogen Budgets
    3684 Invited Paper/Presentation Nutrient Content in O-Horizon Leachate from a Mixed Conifer Sierran Forest
    3685 Invited Paper/Presentation Effects of Wildfire on Runoff Water Quality in Sierran Mixed Conifer Watershed
    3686 Invited Paper/Presentation Effects of Litter and Fire on Water Quality in Upland Sierran Watershed
    3687 Invited Paper/Presentation Decadence and Moisture Stress in an Eastern Sierra Nevada Mixed Conifer Stand
    3688 Invited Paper/Presentation Forest Health in a Lake Tahoe Basin Mixed Conifer Stand: Bark Beetles, Dwarf Mistletoe, Blister Rust, and Fire
    3689 Invited Paper/Presentation Thinning and Underburning Effects on Ground Fuels in Jeffrey Pine
  go to website 2719 Website  
    2345 Invited Paper/Presentation Spatial Analysis of an Ash/Sediment Flow Following a Sierran Wildfire
    2346 Invited Paper/Presentation California Forest Soils Field Tour
    4409 Invited Paper/Presentation Thinning and Underburning Effects on Productivity and Mensurational Characteristics of Jeffrey Pine
    5977 Invited Paper/Presentation Effects of Fire on Forest Carbon and Nutrient Budgets
    5978 Invited Paper/Presentation Forest Health in a Lake Tahoe Basin Mixed Conifer Stand: Water Relations and Fire

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