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Project ID: 01C-3-3-22

Year: 2003

Date Started: 07/29/2003

Date Completed: 01/03/2007

Title: Fire Regimes and Forest Structure of Utah and Eastern Nevada: A Multi-Scale History from Tree Rings

Project Proposal Abstract: Utah and eastern Nevada currently lack the site-specific histories of fire and forest structure that are necessary for scientifically based land-management planning in this region. For a region with such extensive fire-adapted ecosystems, surprisingly few fire and forest- structure histories have been reconstructed, and these only at stand scales and only in a few of the region's forest types. Twentieth century fire exclusion profoundly changed forest and fbel structures in many forests of the western US. However, these changes did not occur uniformly across the landscape due to variations in forest type, topography, and regional gradients in climate. As a result, we cannot confidently extrapolate fire and forest-structure histories across this region based on the few existing fine-scale histories. Our main objective is to reconstruct multi-century histories of fire and forest structure across a range of topography, forest type and regional climate in 10 watersheds in Utah and eastern Nevada, from tree rings. Our spatially explicit sampling design will collect this information in an efficient, systematic manner across agency boundaries and forest types. Our second objective is to scientifically assess the extent to which our fire and forest-structure histories can be extrapolated to unsampled areas by elucidating the drivers of spatial variation in the areas that we sample. Our third objective is to communicate the results of our work to wildland managers in Utah and eastern Nevada. This proposal responds to RFP 2001-3, Task 3.

Principal Investigator: Peter M. Brown

Agency/Organization: Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research, Inc

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Stanley G. Kitchen

Forest Service

RMRS-Shrub Sciences Laboratory

Federal Cooperator

Emily K. Heyerdahl

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Southern Rockies


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Project Deliverables

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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.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   974 Government Publication Progress Report for 2006
view or print   1085 Government Publication Historical Fire Regimes and Forest Structure, Fishlake National Forest: Final Report On A Pilot Study
view or print   1086 Government Publication Fire Regimes and Forest Structure of Utah and Eastern Nevada: A Multiscale History from Tree Rings
view or print   2472 Journal Article International Journal of Wildland Fire
view or print   573 Conference/Symposia/Workshop JFSP 2005 Principal Investigator Workshop
view or print   574 Conference/Symposia/Workshop JFSP 2004 Principal Investigator Workshop
  go to website 910 Website  
    1503 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    1504 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
    1505 Conference/Symposia/Workshop  
view or print   5723 Poster Fire Regimes and Forest Structure of Utah and Nevada: A Multi-scale History from Tree Rings

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