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Project ID: 12-1-01-10

Year: 2012

Date Started: 06/15/2012

Date Completed: 02/07/2017

Title: Effects of Prescribed Burn Regime and Grazing on Eastern Oregon Ponderosa Pine Vegetation and Fuels: The Season and Interval of Burn Study

Project Proposal Abstract: In the western United States, the Season and Interval of Burn study represents a unique long-term permanent plot study platform that was developed on the Malheur National Forest (Emigrant Creek Ranger District) in 1997 using six upland ponderosa pine forested stands. Established at the request of local land managers to investigate the influence of spring and fall prescribed fire treatments on black stain root disease and its potential insect vectors, the original study was significantly expanded in 2002 to include 5 and 15 year burn intervals, a grazing component and the addition of an array of ecosystem response variables - tree growth and mortality, interactions with insect and diseases, fuels, understory vegetation and exotic plant species, and soil organic matter and biota - all largely funded by JFSP and the National Fire Plan over the following decade. To date, all 5-year interval burns have proceeded exactly on schedule, and the first 15-year interval burn is scheduled for the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013. We are seeking funding to remeasure all plots for vegetation, fuels, and soil response in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Principal Investigator: Becky K. Kerns

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Corvallis

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Vi T. Ta

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Budget Contact

Rebecca A. Slick

Forest Service

PNW-Pacific Northwest Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Michelle A. Buonopane

Forest Service

PNW-TCM-Threat Characterization & Management-Corvallis

Co-Principal Investigator

Jeff A. Hatten

Oregon State University

Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management

Co-Principal Investigator

Douglas J. Westlind

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Corvallis

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network









Malheur 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   1868 Government Publication A closer look: Decoupling the effects of prescribed fire and grazing on vegetation in a ponderosa pi
view or print   3747 Journal Article Western Forests
view or print go to website 3424 Journal Article Canadian Journal of Forest Research
    5488 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Effects of Prescribed Burn Regime and Grazing on Eastern Oregon Ponderosa Pine Vegetation and Fuels: The Season and Interval of Burn Study.

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