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Project ID: 05-1-2-02

Year: 2005

Date Started: 04/19/2005

Date Completed: 02/01/2008

Title: Evaluating the Efficacy and Ecological Impacts of BAER Slope Stabilization Treatments on the Pot Peak/Deep Harbor Wildfire Complex

Project Proposal Abstract: Soil stabilization treatments, including seeding, fertilizing, and mulching, are often prescribed as part of burned area emergency response (BAER) to prevent and control surface soil erosion and protect soil and water resources until native vegetation recovers. However, the efficacy of these treatments for increasing organic soil cover and preventing soil erosion has not been well established. In addition, recent studies suggest that BAER seeding and mulching treatments may hinder recovery of native vegetation and introduce exotic weeds. We are requesting funding for research to study the efficacy and ecological effects of BAER seeding, mulching, and fertilization treatments following mixed and high severity wildfires on forest lands of the interior Pacific Northwest. Our proposed study area is the Pot Peak/Deep Harbor fire complex near Chelan, Washington, where wildfires burned 47,000 acres during the summer of 2004. We propose a field experimental approach to 1) test the efficacy of seeding and fertilization treatments for promoting high plant biomass and litter cover during the first two years following fire and 2) assess the effects of treatments on cover and diversity of native vegetation. Proposed deliverables include peer-reviewed publications of study results, conference and workshop presentations, and a monitoring plan for BAER treatment efficacy that can be incorporated into future BAER treatment plans. Study results and the monitoring plan will be presented through a combination of published reports, web-based resources, and local presentations to managers during the second year of the project.

Principal Investigator: David W. Peterson

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Wenatchee


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Richy J. Harrod

Forest Service

Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests

Federal Cooperator

David W. Peterson

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Wenatchee


Project Locations

Consortium

Northwest


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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   3225 Journal Article International Journal of Wildland Fire
    276 Invited Paper/Presentation Effectiveness of BAER Seeding and Fertilization Treatments for Promoting Rapid Vegetation Recovery After High Severity Wildfire
    279 Invited Paper/Presentation Managing Soil Erosion After Large Wildfires: Seeding and Fertilization Effects on Soil Cover and Vegetation Recovery
    1415 Invited Paper/Presentation Resource and Propagule Limitations on Vegetation Recovery After Wildfire
    1416 Invited Paper/Presentation Fuel Treatments and Post-Fire Rehabilitation and Restoration
  go to website 1508 Website  
    1510 Poster Efficacy of Post-Fire Seeding and Fertilization Treatments in North-Central Washington
    1529 Invited Paper/Presentation Effects of BAER Seeding and Fertilization Treatments on Vegetation Recovery Following the Pot Peak Wildfire
    2796 Invited Paper/Presentation Biodiversity and Other Considerations in Post-Fire Forest Rehabilitation and Restoration
    2745 Poster Vegetation Responses to Seeding and Fertilization Treatments After Wildfire in North-Central Washington State
    2746 Invited Paper/Presentation Forest Restoration After Wildfire: Managing Future Disturbances
    6905 Invited Paper/Presentation Assessing the Effectiveness of Erosion Control Treatments After Wildfire: Experimental and Monitoring Approaches
    6149 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Effectiveness of BAER Seeding and Fertilization Treatments for Promoting Rapid Vegetation Recovery After High Severity Wildfire
    6150 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Managing Soil Erosion After Large Wildfires: Seeding and Fertilization Effects on Soil Cover and Vegetation Recovery

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