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Project ID: 04-2-1-33

Year: 2004

Date Started: 08/06/2004

Date Completed: 02/02/2009

Title: Epidemic Southern Pine Beetle Attacks: A Problem of Fuel-Loading or an Opportunity for Management?

Project Proposal Abstract: The Piedmont Region of South Carolina has experienced one of the heaviest attacks of southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) in history over the past 3 years. Separate managers with both commercial objectives and restoration objectives have requested information on how prescribed burning or mechanical treatments can be used to reduce the heavy fuels resulting from these attacks, without neglecting their primary management objectives. Prescribed burning is of concern because intensities are expected to be high and fires may damage soils, neighboring trees, or target vegetation. Methods of predicting fire behavior and fuel consumption are unavailable. Mechanical treatments will reduce fuels but are expensive and may not control vegetation that would out-compete planted pines, oak sprouts, or other target vegetation. The project will use beetle-killed areas on a commercial forest, a national forest, and a national military park as treatment areas to compare winter burning, summer burning, and mechanical fuel reduction. Response variables will include vegetation inside and outside of beetle-killed areas, soil fertility and structure, fire behavior, and fuel reduction. Resulting analyses will provide local managers a better understanding of the tradeoffs between prescribed fire and mechanical fuel reduction in areas with unusually heavy fuel loads.

Principal Investigator: Thomas A. Waldrop

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: SRS-Department of Forest Resources

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Thomas A. Waldrop

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