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Project ID: 01B-3-3-27

Year: 2002

Date Started: 07/10/2002

Date Completed: 01/10/2006

Title: Fuels Management and Non-Native Plant Species: An Evaluation of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments in Chaparral Plant Community

Project Proposal Abstract: It is because of the threat of wildiand fire and the obstacles associated with prescribed fire, that Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has begun the implementation of a progressive and ambitious fuels management program that protects high value areas through a multi-faceted approach. As a portion of this program, the park is proposing fire surrogate treatments which have yet to be tested in the park or in similar habitat types. Since soil disturbance can have long lasting effects for decades, and invasions by non-native plant species are generally considered to be one of the greatest threats to biological diversity in natural areas, of greatest concern is that the combination of fire and ground disturbing activities of mechanized equipment may create conditions favorable to the invasion of non-native plant species. As most parks have discovered, there is a lack of information on how to minimize the spread of non-native species while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels. This project will examine the effects of four different fuel reduction treatments on soil, vegetation, and microhabitat parameters, This project will directly address Task 2, and more specifically Task 3, by providing critical information which will not only allow park staff to analyze and address the impacts of fuel reduction treatments, but also enable the Fire Management Program to refine their fuel reduction projects in ways that effectively manage for forest productivity and minimizes the spread and threat of invasive plant species.

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Gibson

Agency/Organization: NPS-National Park Service

Branch or Dept: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Tim Bradley

NPS-National Park Service

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Federal Cooperator

Jennifer Gibson

NPS-National Park Service

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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
    2656 Journal Article Effects of Alternative Fuel Reduction Treatments in Mixed Forest Shrublands
    3392 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire, Fuels and the Urban Interface
view or print   3393 Poster Fire Severity and Intensity in Natural and Manipulated Fuels During Spring Burning in Mixed Shrub Woodlands
  go to website 3394 Website  
    3398 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    2344 Field Demonstration/Tour  

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