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Project ID: 05-2-1-08

Year: 2005

Date Started: 06/10/2005

Date Completed: 12/07/2010

Title: Evaluating the Effects of Pinyon Juniper Thinning Treatments at a Wildland/Urban Interface

Project Proposal Abstract: Land managers at the BLM Bishop Field Office and elsewhere in the western United States have identified the thinning of pinyon-juniper woodland fuels and the restoration of sagebrush-steppe fuels and fire regimes as a top management priority. The lack of credible scientific information on the most effective and cost efficient management prescriptions to achieve this task is a major impediment to the implementation of land management plans. This proposed project will experimentally compare the effects of two contrasting thinning prescriptions on fuel structure, potential and actual fire behavior, dominance by the invasive annual cheatgrass, and dominance and diversity of native sagebrush-steppe vegetation. The results will be communicated to other land managers and scientists through a website, field workshop, fact sheets, reports, seminars, peer-reviewed publications, and publication briefs. The study site will also be maintained by the Bishop Field Office as a demonstration site where the long-term effects of the thinning treatments can be observed and the information integrated back into the planning process. Although the JFSP Announcement for Proposals suggests that projects should last three years or less, we do not believe that the short-term effects of our experimental treatments can be effectively evaluated in less than four years, allowing for both pre-treatment and post-treatment sampling.

Principal Investigator: Matthew L. Brooks

Agency/Organization: USGS-Geological Survey

Branch or Dept: WERC-Yosemite Field Station

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Dale Johnson

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Bishop Field Office

Co-Principal Investigator

Helen Y. Smith

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Federal Cooperator

Anne S. Halford

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Idaho State Office

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Great Basin








Bishop Field Office

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
  go to website 4516 Website Project website
    6845 Invited Paper/Presentation Evaluating Effects of Fuels Treatments in Arid and Semiarid Ecosystems

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