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Project ID: 05-2-1-30

Year: 2005

Date Started: 06/03/2005

Date Completed: 07/21/2009

Title: Red Mountain Mastication Study

Project Proposal Abstract: The Greenhorn Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest requested that AMSET collaborate with them to formally assess effectiveness of mastication fuel treatments in ponderosa pine plantations. We propose to determine how well mastication works in reducing fuel hazard and wildfire behavior while maintaining live trees. Findings from this research would meet a local need, and would also provide practical knowledge to managers in similar areas in the western U.S. In a typical pine plantation in the southern Sierra, the proposal will establish a study with four treatments: mastication alone, mastication followed by controlled burn, mastication followed by pulling material away from tree boles, then followed by controlled burn, controls in which no action is taken. Utilizing these treatments, an analysis of the effectiveness of mastication fuels treatments to meet resources objectives will be conducted Additionally, fuel measurements will be used to develop custom fuel models, calibrated by fire behavior measurements taken during the controlled burns. Results from this study will be used to develop a management guide for developing plantation thinning prescriptions involving mastication. Findings will be communicated to managers and other interested parties through meetings, a website, and publications.

Principal Investigator: Nicole M. Vaillant

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Ctr

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman

Forest Service

AMSET-Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team

Co-Principal Investigator

Alicia L. Reiner

Forest Service

AMSET-Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team

Federal Cooperator

Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman

Forest Service

AMSET-Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team

Project Locations

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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   1777 Government Publication Spotlight on AMSET Fuel and Fire Research
view or print go to website 3396 Journal Article Western Journal of Applied Forestry
view or print go to website 3315 Journal Article Forest Ecology and Management
view or print   552 Photo Masticator Treating Study Area
view or print   553 Photo Prescribed Burn Treatment - Backing Fire Above Fire Behavior Equipment
view or print   554 Photo Prescribed Burn Treatment - Spot Ignitions
  go to website 1466 Website
    4615 Field Demonstration/Tour Informal Field Demonstration for Local Forest Service Employees and People from the WO
view or print   4616 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Red Mountain Mastication Study: Southern Sierra Nevada
view or print   4617 Progress Report 2005 Progress Report
view or print   4618 Progress Report 2006 Progress Report
view or print   4619 Progress Report 2006 Annual Report for JFS and the Sequoia National Forest
view or print   4294 Poster Changes in Surface and Canopy Fuels After Mastication and Mastication/Prescribed Fire Treatments on the Red Mountain Fuels Project, Sequoia National Forest, CA
view or print   7024 Field Demonstration/Tour Red Mountain Mastication Study - Field Tour 2010 Presentation
view or print   7025 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Behavior and Fire Effects of Mastication and Prescribed Fire in a Ponderosa Pine Plantation
view or print   7026 Poster Poster-Mastication and prescribed fire impacts on fuels, fire behavior and tree mortality in a 25-year old

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