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Project ID: 03-1-4-21

Year: 2003

Date Started: 07/29/2003

Date Completed: 02/16/2005

Title: Designing an Experiment to Evaluate Effects of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments in the Sagebrush Biome

Project Proposal Abstract: This proposal seeks funding to develop a comprehensive experiment that could be used to evaluate the effects of fire and fire surrogate treatments that are designed to restore sagebrush communities of the Great Basin. The experiment would: 1) provide managers with information to restore ecological communities that is relevant across the 100+ million acres of the sagebrush biome; 2) be matched to the temporal and spatial scales at which managers operate; and 3) reduce management risk and uncertainty of catastrophic wildfire to the greatest degree possible. The need for such an experiment is evidenced by the profound changes in fire regime experienced in the Great Basin in the past 150 years, coupled with the lack of information available to managers on the consequences of methods they might use to reduce fire risk or to restore more desirable plant communities and fire regimes. The need for funding to design the experiment is based on the perception that the problem of altered fire regimes in the Great Basin is so complex that a significant commitment in time and energy is required to identify the key issues (conditions, treatments, variables, etc.) that would make up the experimental design. Thus, without the care and considerable thought that would go into the design phase, it would be very difficult to propose an experiment that could provide results to managers that would be worth the time, effort, and money spent. Objectives include: 1) Produce a comprehensive experimental design that could be used to evaluate restoration treatments at several sites within an integrated network, to be submitted to the JFSP by March 2004; 2) Develop ownership in the network with land managers and stakeholders; and 3) Develop a Communications Plan, that would identify key information, audiences, and delivery systems. We propose to accomplish these objectives by conducting three carefully designed steering committee meetings for the network as a whole, interspersed with a single manager/stakeholder workshop at each participating site. Information from the workshops, from existing literature, from ongoing parallel studies, and from maps of various attributes will be evaluated in the steering committee meetings to craft the experimental design. Our objectives closely match those called for under Task Statement 4 of the 2003-1 JFSP Announcement for Proposals, which calls for projects that evaluate alternative treatments for restoring ecosystems altered by changing fire regimes, or where alterations have affected fire regimes.

Principal Investigator: James D. McIver

Agency/Organization: Oregon State University

Branch or Dept: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jeanne C. Chambers

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Reno

Co-Principal Investigator

Carla D'Antonio

ARS-Agricultural Research Service

Exotic & Invasive Weeds Research Unit-Reno

Co-Principal Investigator

Paul S. Doescher

Oregon State University

Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

Co-Principal Investigator

Michael G. Karl

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

National Science & Technology Center

Co-Principal Investigator

Richard R. Miller

Oregon State University

Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center

Co-Principal Investigator

Mike L. Pellant

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Idaho State Office

Co-Principal Investigator

David A. Pyke

USGS-Geological Survey

FRESC-Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Co-Principal Investigator

Robin J. Tausch

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Reno

Co-Principal Investigator

Michael J. Wisdom

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry & Range Sciences Lab-LaGrande

Federal Cooperator

Jeanne C. Chambers

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Reno


Project Locations

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Great Basin


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("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.")

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