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Project ID: 05-S-03

Year: 2005

Date Started: 02/15/2005

Date Completed: 10/12/2007

Title: Development of Best Management Practices for Fuels Treatments in Ponderosa Pine Ecosystems in the Black Hills, SD and Southwestern United States

Project Proposal Abstract: We will document specific conditions and practices where management interventions is appropriate to reduce fuels hazards, while attempting to simultaneously restore the forest community to pre-settlement conditions. To achieve these goals, we will synthesize existing knowledge from the peer-reviewed literature, administrative studies, and local knowledge. We will bring together local knowledge at a series of regional workshops and identify fire specialists for follow-up interviews. Deficits in the existing knowledge will be identified. We will use existing models that integrate spatial fuel models into a fire behavior model at scales ranging from sub-stands to landscapes to evaluate fuel treatments. We will describe treatments, which will include the circumstances under which specific techniques can be applied, and expected reductions in fuels hazard. We will provide recommendations related to where, how, and how often fuels treatments may be prescribed to achieve desired outcomes. Desired outcomes will address social, political, economic, and ecological factors. Finally, to insure that managers have access to our results, we will develop and implement a website and develop multi-media guidelines describing management practices for fuels treatments in ponderosa pine forests.

Principal Investigator: Wayne D. Shepperd

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

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

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jack L. Butler

Forest Service

RMRS-Forest & Grassland Research Lab

Co-Principal Investigator

Leigh B. Lentile

Sewanee-The University of the South

Department of Forestry & Geology

Co-Principal Investigator

John E. Lundquist

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Federal Cooperator

Janine E. Powell

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("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   1550 Government Publication A Comprehensive Guide to Fuels Treatment Practices for Ponderosa Pine in the Black Hills, Colorado Front Range, and Southwest
view or print   3063 Journal Article A Comprehensive Guide to Fuels Treatment Practices for Ponderosa Pine in the Black Hills, Colorado Front Range, and Southwest
    2392 Dataset (including spatial)  

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