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Project ID: 09-1-08-26

Year: 2009

Date Started: 05/01/2009

Date Completed: 08/24/2012

Title: A Decision Support System for Assessing the Impact of Fire Managment on Threatened and Endangered Species

Project Proposal Abstract: We propose development of a new methodology that can be used by forest and fire managers and planners to consider the potential effects of all aspects of fire management (i.e., fuels reduction to post-fire restoration) on native stream fishes and their habitats. State-of-the-art fire-hazard prediction models will be coupled with erosion models to create watershed-scale sensitivity analyses of fuel-reduction effects on sediment supply to streams. Sediment inputs, including road-related erosion and drainage diversions, will be evaluated in terms of potential effects to aquatic habitats and water quality. Vulnerability and persistence of affected fish populations will be evaluated using computer-supported analytical approaches that consider habitat quality, size, and connectivity, tailored to the life-history attributes of the species concerned. Integration of these components will be achieved using Bayesian Belief Networks (BBN). This approach integrates existing knowledge and analysis methods to identify at-risk habitats, to assess the potential for management actions to affect those habitats, and to anticipate the consequences for T&E fish populations.

Principal Investigator: Gordon H. Reeves

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-LWM-Land & Watershed Management-Corvallis

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Branch or Dept

Federal Cooperator

Gordon H. Reeves

Forest Service

PNW-LWM-Land & Watershed Management-Corvallis

Federal Fiscal Representative

Tamatha S. Verhunc

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Technical Contact

Laura L. Burris

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network









Okanogan National Forest




Wenatchee National Forest

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