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Project ID: 01B-3-2-07

Year: 2002

Date Started: 05/31/2002

Date Completed: 10/20/2005

Title: Management of Fuel Loading in the Shrub-Steppe

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose to investigate the effect of herbicides, their concentrations, repeated herbicide application, fire, and seeding on fuels loads and ecological restoration. In addition, we will determine the relationship among community types (fuels loading), wind, and the probability of a carrying fire. This effort addresses tasks 2 and 3. The objective of the proposed work is to address the following five questions. ( 1) What is the minimum concentration of herbicides that will shift the competitive balance to native species (vascular plants and soil cryptogams) and away from Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) that will result in less continuous fuel loading? (2) What is the effect of repeated herbicide application on the competitive balance between native species and B. tectorum? (3) What is the effect of a prescribed burn on the competitive balance between native species and B. tectorum? (4) What is the effect of seeding P. secunda into treatment areas on the competitive balance between native species and B. tectorum? (5) What is the relationship between plant communities with varying degrees of B. tectorum cover, wind, and the probability that fire will be sustained? The work will be conducted in a set of replicated field experiments where we measure species richness, percent cover, and fuel continuity in response to treatments. The results will be used to determine a cost effective and the least damaging protocol (for native plants) for reducing fuels in the shrub-steppe. The results will applicable to land managers, agency fire and fuel managers and planners, and fire technicians in the Intermountain West.

Principal Investigator: Steven O. Link

Agency/Organization: Native Plant Landscaping & Restoration LLC

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Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Eric M. Hagen

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Saddle Mountain NWR

Federal Cooperator

Randal Hill

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Columbia NWR

Subcontractor (Only)

Alan Schreiber

Agriculture Development Group, Inc

Technical Contact

Ron Crockett

Monsanto Company

Technical Contact

Mike L. Pellant

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Idaho State Office

Technical Contact

Joe Vollmer

BASF Corporation

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Great Basin


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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
    894 Government Publication Fire Risk Reduction Administrative Protocol
    1046 Government Publication Cheatgrass Cover and the Risk of Fire
    2483 Journal Article Fire Risk of Restored Shrub-Steppe Plant Communities
    72 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
  go to website 304 Website  
    586 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    829 Dataset (including spatial)  

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