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Project ID: 04-2-1-89

Year: 2004

Date Started: 08/12/2004

Date Completed: 03/05/2010

Title: Effects of Prescribed Burning, Mechanical, and Chemical Treatments to Curtail Rhododendron Dominance and Reduce Urban Interface Fuel Loads

Project Proposal Abstract: After more than a century of fire exclusion in the Appalachian Mountains, the distribution of rhododendron and its dominance of forest understories have increased. Rhododendron's expansion has been enhanced by shifts to partial cutting as clearcutting is reduced on both public and private land. Rhododendron is also a favored landscape plant for people living in the urban interface because it is green year-round and has beautiful flowers. This administrative study is aimed at determining the cost and effectiveness of prescribed fire, mechanical cutting, herbicides, and combinations of these treatments on rhododendron fuel reduction in accordance with AFP 2003-3 Task 2. The costs and responses to treatments will be determined through a replicated experiment installed in the Jefferson National Forest in areas already scheduled for prescribed burns. Standard methods of cost accounting and fuel loading assessments will be made for several years after treatment and will be projected into the future by modeling rhododendron regrowth and invasion rates. The experiment sites will serve as demonstration areas, and both extension and research publications will be produced to disseminate the results to land managers.

Principal Investigator: Shepard M. Zedaker

Agency/Organization: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Branch or Dept: Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Federal Cooperator

Glen Stapleton

Forest Service

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests


Project Locations

Consortium

Appalachian

South


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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
    1522 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Effects of Prescribed Burning, Mechanical and Chemical Treatments to Curtail Rhododendron Dominance and Reduce Urban Interface Fuel Loads
    2772 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Effects of Prescribed Burning, Mechanical and Chemical Treatments to Curtail Rhododendron Dominance and Reduce Urban Interface Fuel Loads

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