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Project ID: 05-2-1-40

Year: 2005

Date Started: 05/10/2005

Date Completed: 11/27/2007

Title: Predicting Post-Fire Regeneration Needs: Spatial and Temporal Variation in Natural Regeneration in SW Oregon and N California

Project Proposal Abstract: Forest management over the last 50 years has emphasized artificial regeneration resulting in a large gap in our understanding of natural regeneration in a post-fire setting. This is both relevant to historic fire reconstruction studies and forest management under current fire regimes. We propose a two stage research program to investigate factors influencing natural regeneration on forest lands in southwestern Oregon and northern California. First, we will survey sites subject to high severity fire across a productivity gradient from moist to dry plant series. We will quantify tree density and stocking levels 2-3 decades after a disturbance, at fixed distances from potential seed sources. We will model seedling abundance as a response to aspect, and distance to seed source over time and compare the patterns among forest types across the productivity gradient. A regional analysis of data sets available from existing survey and monitoring plots will be used to expand our scope of reference and build a knowledge base to guide management of forest types across the region. Results of this study will be highly informative to forest managers trying to prioritize management actions following wildfire, by improving predictions of natural regeneration patterns in time and space.

Principal Investigator: David E. Hibbs

Agency/Organization: Oregon State University

Branch or Dept: Forestry

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Co-Principal Investigator

John H. Cissel

BLM-Bureau of Land Management


Co-Principal Investigator

Jeff Shatford

Oregon State University

Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

Federal Cooperator

Robert Heaton

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Oregon State Office

Project Locations

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Project Deliverables

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("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   955 Government Publication Effects of Management on Plant Community Development after Wildfire in the Klamath Mountains CA
view or print   956 Government Publication Predicting Post-Fire Regeneration Needs: Spatial and Temporal Variation in Natural Regeneration in Southwestern Oregon and Northern California
view or print   2810 Journal Article Forest Ecology
  go to website 2811 Journal Article Cooperative Forest Ecosystem Research Fact Sheet Series
view or print   224 MS Thesis Plant Community Recovery after High Severity Wildfire and Post-Fire Management in the Klamath Region (M.J. Lopez Ortiz)
view or print   515 Invited Paper/Presentation Spatial and Temporal Variation in Conifer Establishment 10 and 20 Years After Forest Fire
  go to website 2085 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Ecology of Fire in the Klamath-Siskiyou Regions of Oregon and California
    2089 Field Demonstration/Tour Natural Regeneration After Wildfire: Biscuit 2002 and Longwood 1987 Fires
  go to website 2385 Invited Paper/Presentation Linking Research to Management
    2386 Invited Paper/Presentation The Scientific Foundations of Post-Fire Policy Symposium
    2387 Invited Paper/Presentation US Forest Service Region 5 (California) Veg/Fuels Managers Annual Meeting
    2388 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Ecosystem Management Workshop-Natural Regeneration After Wildfire
    2389 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Eocsystem Management Workshop-Natural Regeneration After Wildfire
    2390 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fire Ecology in the Klamath-Siskiyous Region

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