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Project ID: 08-1-5-04

Year: 2008

Date Started: 05/15/2008

Date Completed: 09/30/2011

Title: Effects of Blowdown, Salvage Logging, and Wildfire on Regeneration and Fuel Characteristics in Minnesota’s Forests

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose to characterize the interaction of multiple disturbances on fire severity, fuel loads, forest regeneration, and carbon storage in pine-dominated systems of the Superior National Forest, Minnesota. A recent sequence of events in northern Minnesota - blowdown, followed by salvage logging, followed by wildfire in 2007 - creates an exceptional opportunity to investigate the interaction of these disturbances. Prior to the wildfire, plots from a previous JFSP project had been established in blowdown areas, with and without salvage logging, allowing us to explicitly test the efficacy of salvage logging in reducing subsequent fire severity. Results from this proposed work will guide management prescriptions intended to reduce fire risk and to ensure forest regeneration.

Principal Investigator: Shawn R. Fraver

Agency/Organization: University of Minnesota

Branch or Dept: Department of Forest Resources

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

John B. Bradford

USGS-Geological Survey

Southwest Biological Science Center

Co-Principal Investigator

Brian J. Palik

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Douglas J. Shinneman

USGS-Geological Survey

FRESC-Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Federal Cooperator

Shawn R. Fraver

University of Minnesota

Department of Forest Resources

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Lake States








Superior National Forest

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   3207 Journal Article Ecological Applications
view or print   2959 Journal Article Forest Ecology and Management
view or print   3017 Journal Article Forest Ecology and Management
view or print   3317 Journal Article Environmental Science & Technology
    541 Invited Paper/Presentation Applied Forest Ecology: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future
    2054 Invited Paper/Presentation Efficacy of Salvage Logging in Reducing Subsequent Fire Severity
    2657 Invited Paper/Presentation Post-Blowdown Salvage Logging Impacts on Fuel Loads and Fire Severity: Preliminary Results from the Boundary Waters Blowdown and Ham Lake Fire
    3724 Invited Paper/Presentation Influence of Blowdown, Fire and Salvage Logging on Forest Floor and Soil Mercury Pools
view or print   3935 Photo Jackstraw
view or print   3936 Photo Relocating Permanent Plots Post-Blowdown, Post Fire in Northern Minnesota
    6389 Invited Paper/Presentation Singular and Interactive Effects of Blowdown, Salvage Logging, and Wildfire in Sub-Boreal Pine Systems
    5653 Invited Paper/Presentation Influence of Wildfire Severity on Forest Floor and Upper Soil Carbon, Nitrogen and Mercury Pools
view or print   7019 Photo Post-Blowdown, Post-Fire Scene in Northern Minnesota

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