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Project ID: 07-2-2-09

Year: 2007

Date Started: 06/04/2007

Date Completed: 11/09/2011

Title: Variable Intensity Salvage Logging After Fire: Effects on Fuel Accumulation, Regeneration, and Understory Diversity

Project Proposal Abstract: In early 2004, after the Cone Fire at Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest, an experiment was established to investigate the impacts of varying levels of fire salvage on subsequent stand development. Five levels of fire salvage, with retention of dead trees varying from 0 to 100% (by basal area) were installed in a completely randomized design with three replications. Plots were established and measured at year 0 and year 2. However, many of the processes of interest to managers, such as the rate at which snags fall and become fuel, re-establishment of natural tree seedlings, and potential invasion by non-native understory species cannot be determined with short-term data. We propose to conduct 4th, 5th and 6th year remeasurements in 2008, 2009, and 2010. This remeasurement will facilitate analysis of changes in standing (snags) and surface fuels as well as changes in understory vegetation and success of artificial and natural regeneration over a 6 year period, as they relate to fire salvage intensity in interior pine forests of northern California.

Principal Investigator: Martin W. Ritchie

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PSW-Silviculture Lab-Redding

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Eric E. Knapp

Forest Service

PSW-Silviculture Lab-Redding

Co-Principal Investigator

Carl N. Skinner

Forest Service

PSW-Silviculture Lab-Redding

Federal Cooperator

Martin W. Ritchie

Forest Service

PSW-Silviculture Lab-Redding

Federal Fiscal Representative

Jackie Rountree

Forest Service

PSW-Pacific Southwest Research Station

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Lassen National Forest

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