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Project ID: 10-2-01-1

Year: 2010

Date Started: 07/01/2010

Date Completed: 09/04/2014

Title: Restoring and Sustaining Eastern Oak Ecosystems with Prescribed Fire

Project Proposal Abstract: A knowledge synthesis project on the role of prescribed fire in restoring and sustaining eastern oak forests is proposed as a means of developing guidelines for land managers working with the various types of oak forests. The project consists of a literature review to identify the key factors that lead to a prescribed fire success or failure in regenerating or restoring an eastern oak ecosystem. These key factors would then be synthesized into management guidelines based on the even-aged stand development model. Publication of the literature review would be in a high-quality scientific journal while the management guidelines would be in a Forest Service General Technical Report. A DVD showing proper burning procedures for regenerating and restoring eastern oak ecosystems will be produced to accompany the guidebook. Both the DVD and guidebook will be introduced to land managers via a series of workshops.

Principal Investigator: Patrick H. Brose

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: NRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Irvine PA

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Daniel C. Dey

Forest Service

NRS-Central Hardwoods

Co-Principal Investigator

Thomas A. Waldrop

Forest Service

SRS-Department of Forest Resources

Federal Cooperator

Patrick H. Brose

Forest Service

NRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Irvine PA

Federal Fiscal Representative

David Garrison

Forest Service

NRS-Northern Research Station

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands













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 go to website 1815 Government Publication The Fire-Oak Literature of Eastern North America: Synthesis and Guidelines
view or print   3371 Journal Article Forest Science
view or print   3425 Journal Article Canadian Journal of Forest Research
view or print   6974 Photo Fire-scarred red pine in northern Pennsylvania
view or print   6975 Photo A red pine sample showing fire scars and dates
view or print   6976 Photo A seedbed preparation burn to create favorable germination conditions for future acorns.
view or print   6977 Photo A release burn in a shelterwood stand to free oak reproduction from competitors.
view or print   6978 Photo Vigorous oak sprouts a few months after a prescribed release burn.

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