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Project ID: 12-4-01-6

Year: 2012

Date Started: 07/01/2012

Date Completed: 06/13/2014

Title: Archival of Data From JFSP Projects Conducted by the Fire & Environmental Research Applications Team

Project Proposal Abstract: The Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab) (FERA) proposes to document and archive datasets from eleven (11) completed JFSP-funded projects. FERA scientists have received funding for numerous projects since the inception of JFSP, and these eleven in particular have generated high quality datasets that are potentially valuable to other researchers. In addition, the two Co-PIs have a long track record of successful bioinformatics and metadata projects (, funded by the Olympic Natural Resources Center, Federal Geographic Data Committee (Norheim, Peterson et al. 1999, 2000), National Biological Information Infrastructure (PNWIN, or Pacific Northwest Information Node,, National Park Service, and JFSP (03-4-2-06 and 05-4-2-03). These projects have made numerous valuable datasets available online via PNWIN and FIREHouse (, and developed over 800 metadata records for geospatial and biological datasets. The eleven projects are grouped into five categories: 1) Hand pile biomass. This study (07-2-1-57) documented the fuel characteristics of hand-piled debris in the western U.S. The results of this study allow fire, fuel and air quality managers and regulators to more accurately estimate biomass and potential emissions from burning hand-piled fuels. This project located, dissected, and weighed 63 piles composed of coniferous material and 58 piles composed of shrub and hardwood material at seven stands in California and Washington (Wright et al. 2010; also 2) Tripod Fire. The 2006 Tripod Complex fires burned over 70,000 ha of dry forests in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington and involved a large number of past harvest and fuel treatment units. In two previously funded studies we determined whether fuel treatments mitigated fire severity at the scale of treatment units (07-1-2-13) and fire perimeters (09-01-01-09). These studies contribute to a growing body of evidence of the type of fuel treatments that effectively mitigate fire severity and provide information on the longevity of fuel treatments and other drivers of fire severity (Prichard et al. 2009). 3) Fuel consumption. Three studies were funded by JFSP to improve empirical models for predicting fuel consumption during prescribed and wildfires. Projects 98-1-9-06 and 03-1-3-06 monitored fuel consumption on 169 units across forest, shrub, and grasslands in the United States (Wright and Prichard 2006) and project 03-1-3-08 monitored 24 sites on active wildfires in Alaska. These models have been incorporated into Consume 3.0 (Prichard et al. no date). 4) Photo series. Four studies were funded by JFSP to develop natural fuels photo series for poorly documented types in the United States. Projects 98-1-1-05, 01-1-7-02, 03-3-3-46 and 06-1-1-11 characterized fuel amount and arrangement on 206 sites in 21 fuel types. Inventory data and images were published in eight volumes (Ottmar and Vihnanek 2002, Ottmar et al. 2002, Ottmar et al. 2003, Wright et al. 2002, Ottmar et al. 2004, Ottmar et al. 2007, Wright et al. 2006, Vihnanek et al. 2009). 5) Litter and bulk densities in the southeastern United States. JFSP project 04-2-1-49 collected and processed 2,280 litter and duff samples for bulk density in forest types across 7 states in the southeastern United States. The bulk density values enable the determination of mass for the litter and duff components of a fuelbed.

Principal Investigator: Ernesto C. Alvarado

Agency/Organization: University of Washington

Branch or Dept: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Carol Rhodes

University of Washington

Office of Sponsored Programs

Budget Contact

Sally L. Morgan

University of Washington

School of Forest Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

Robert A. Norheim

University of Washington

School of Forest Resources

Co-Principal Investigator

David L. Peterson

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances


Roger D. Ottmar

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances


Susan J. Prichard

University of Washington

School of Forest Resources


Robert E. Vihnanek

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances


Clinton S. Wright

Forest Service

PNW-Seattle-Managing Natural Disturbances

Project Locations

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Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




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