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Project ID: 05-2-1-19

Year: 2005

Date Started: 07/01/2005

Date Completed: 10/26/2009

Title: Riparian Fuels Treatments in the Applegate River Subbasin

Project Proposal Abstract: This project proposes to implement fuels treatment prescriptions in riparian areas of the Applegate River Sub-basin of SW Oregon. Several studies have suggested that many of these riparian areas historically burned with similar frequencies and intensities as associated upland areas did, and that fire played an important role in maintaining these areas. However, extensive fuels treatments implemented by the Medford BLM in this basin are not incorporating these riparian areas, due to the perception that these areas are sensitive to any type of anthropogenic disturbance. Land managers lack needed data to support including riparian areas in landscape treatment projects. Without locally pertinent data, legally defensibly NEPA and ESA consultation documents can not be produced, hence riparian areas are avoided, compromising the effectiveness of landscape treatment projects, and possibly the health of these areas. This project will address the JFSP AFP #2005-2, task statement #1 regarding locally important knowledge or data gaps associated with planning and implementation of fuels treatments. We propose to implement two types of fuels reductions in riparian areas of intermittent and perennial stream basins. The health of these areas before and after treatments will be quantified using standardized techniques to examine several indicators including: percent effective shade provided by riparian vegetation, hydrological parameters such as water quality and watershed yield, and biological diversity and abundance of several species of aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Drainage basins treated will be spread among three watersheds within the Applegate Subbasin, and will be paired with control drainages. Results of the riparian treatments will be analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the project in reducing the threat of wildfire across the landscape. Results of this study will offer managers data to justify or deny implementing riparian fuels prescriptions in SW Oregon.

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Smith

Agency/Organization: BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Branch or Dept: Medford District Office


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

John D. Alexander

Klamath Bird Observatory

Federal Cooperator

Jennifer Smith

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Medford District Office


Project Locations

Consortium

California

Northwest


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

OR

BLM

Medford District


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   1047 Government Publication Hydrological Rsponses to Prescribed Fire in Riparian Areas
view or print   178 MS Thesis Pre- and Post-Treatment Vegetation Analysis Including Changes in Cover and Species Composition (J. Dejuilio)
    334 Invited Paper/Presentation Riparian Fuel Treatments in Intermittent & Perennial Streams: Effectiveness and Ecological Effects
view or print   3252 Poster Studying Prescribed Fire in Riparian Areas of Southwest Oregon Design and Site Selection Hurdles
    5215 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Unneven Age Riparian Conditions Conservation Objectives and a Fuel Treatment Case Study
view or print   3870 Final Report Supplement Status report showing proposed vs. delivered milestones
    6527 Invited Paper/Presentation Riparian Fuel Treatments in Intermittent & Perennial Streams: Effectiveness and Ecological Effects
view or print   6745 Poster Effects of Prescribed Fire on Riparian and Hydrological Function in Riparian Areas of Southwest Oregon Mixed-Conifer Forests
view or print   6746 Poster Effects of Prescribed Fire on Riparian Function and Biological Integrity in Riparian Areas of Southwest Oregon Mixed-Conifer Forests
    6747 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Workshop to Present Results from our JFSP Research Project - Studying the Effects Fuel Treatments in Riparian Areas
    6748 Field Demonstration/Tour Studying the Effects Fuel Treatments in Riparian Areas

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