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Project ID: 03-2-3-08

Year: 2003

Date Started: 07/29/2003

Date Completed: 09/06/2006

Title: Pre-Fire Condition, Fire Severity, and Post-Fire Effects in the Hayman Burn, Colorado

Project Proposal Abstract: Ongoing research within the 2002 Hayman burn provides an excellent framework for comparing effects of the Hayman burn to pre-fire forest conditions. Two pre-fire data sets support the proposed research. One characterizes historical landscape structure and key regulating processes and includes plot-level measurements of forest overstory structure, understory species composition, fuels, and fire history. The second dataset is pre-treatment monitoring data collected as part of the Upper South Platte Restoration Project, which includes forest overstory and understory plant data, surface fuels, and habitat monitoring for several species of concern. All of these plots burned with varying intensity. Our primary objectives focus on re-sampling our pre-bum plots near Cheesman Lake and Saloon Gulch to (1) evaluate the effects of burn severity, pre-fire stand characteristics, and topography on tree survivorship; (2) determine the effects of burn severity and pre-fire composition on post-fire understory species composition; (3) examine the effects of pre-fire fuels and vegetation structure on patterns of burn severity, and (4) investigate the effects of bum-severity on habitat for species of concern. The proposed study augments collaborative projects, including validation of relationships in the FFE of the Central Rockies FVS variant, validation of pre-fire fuel reconstructions derived from post-fire surveys, and modeling fire behavior with mesoscale weather data for the study area.

Principal Investigator: Merrill R. Kaufmann

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fort Collins

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Natasha Kotliar

USGS-Geological Survey

FORT-Fort Collins Science Center


Geneva W. Chong

USGS-Geological Survey

BRD-National Elk Refuge


Steve Culver

Forest Service

Pike & San Isabel NFs-South Platte Ranger District


Gary E. Dixon

Forest Service

RMRS-Forest Management Service Center


Leslie E. Ellwood

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 6-Mountain Prairie Region


Barry Johnston

Forest Service

GMUG-Gunnison Service Center


Erik J. Martinson

MarLynn Ecological Consulting


Philip N. Omi

Omi Associates


Thomas J. Stohlgren

USGS-Geological Survey

FORT-Fort Collins Science Center

Federal Cooperator

Merrill R. Kaufmann

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fort Collins

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
    2496 Journal Article articles in accredited journals (2)
    1003 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Several presentations on subject done and others scheduled.

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