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2005 National Silviculture Workshop

2005 National Silviculture Workshop Logo. The 2005 National Silviculture Workshop took place June 6-10, 2005, near Tahoe City, California. The workshop is a long-standing, bi-annual workshop within the Forest Service co-sponsored by the National Forest System Branch and the Research and Development Branch. The workshop, hosted in rotation among Forest Service regions, was hosted in 2005 by the Pacific Southwest Region and the Pacific Southwest Research Station on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Tahoe National Forest.

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Powers, Robert F., tech. editor. 2007. Restoring fire-adapted ecosystems: proceedings of the 2005 national silviculture workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-203, Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 306 p


The following is a summary of the presentations of the workshop.

Monday, June 6, 2005

Blodgett Forest Research Station Tour
There was an optional tour of Blodgett Forest Research Station on Monday, June 6, 2005 . This tour was an opportunity to see the result of various silvicultural systems applied on a university demonstration forest within a relatively productive Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest for over 50 years.

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

  • Keynote Presentation (PDF, 7.2M) - The role of silviculture in restoring fire-adapted ecosystems – Jim Agee, U. of Washington
  • 1st Presentation (PDF, 11M) – Silviculture and forest management under a rapidly changing climate - Carl N. Skinner, Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • 2nd Presentation (PDF, 1.5M) – Costs of landscape silviculture for fire and habitat management - Susan Hummel, Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • 3rd Presentation (PDF, 5.3M) – Evaluating silvicultural prescriptions; objective and subjective standards to help guide successful practice – James M. Guldin, Southern Research Station and Russell T. Graham, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 4th Presentation – Cancelled
  • 5th Presentation (PDF, 2.4M) – Silvicultural system impacts on potential fire behavior and tree mortality: 25 years of experience from the Sierra Nevada, California - Dr. Scott Stephens, U.C. Berkeley
  • 6th Presentation (PDF, 7.7M) – Alternatives to fire for fuel reduction at California’s forest/urban interface – Robert F. Powers, Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • 7th Presentation (PDF, 4.2M) – Effects of alternative treatments on canopy fuel characteristics in five conifer stands - Joe H. Scott and Elizabeth D. Reinhardt, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 8th Presentation (PDF, 9.1M) – Fire research in longleaf pine forests on the Kisatchie National Forest - James Dave Haywood, Southern Research Station
  • 9th Presentation (PPT, 49M ) – Forest changes since Euro-American settlement and ecosystem restoration in the Lake Tahoe Basin USA - Alan H. Taylor, The Pennsylvania State University

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Picture of a local homeowner addressing the audience at the site of ongoing work near homes in the town of Truckee.
A local homeowner addresses the audience at the site of ongoing work near homes in the town of Truckee.

All Day Field Trip
Workshop participants toured areas burned by historic fires in the Lake Tahoe area, post-fire recovery actions, and the many fuel treatment projects along the tour route. The field trip addressed ongoing research and silvicultural practices to reduce fuels and fire risk, accomplish forest health and recreation safety objectives, improve wildlife habitat, encourage public involvement and collaboration, and a logging demonstration to reduce stocking and fire hazard in mixed conifer stands adjacent to residential areas. For more information, the field trip itinerary is available:

Thursday, June 9, 2005

  • 10th Presentation (PDF, 6.3M) – The scientific basis for creating a treatment pattern that moderates large wildfire behavior – Mark Finney, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 11th Presentation (PDF, 8.0M) – An integrative stewardship and fireshed assessment tool for prioritizing landscapes and locating an appropriate treatment pattern – Bernie Bahro, Pacific Southwest Region
  • 12th Presentation (PDF, 5.1M) – Applying the stewardship and fireshed assessment tool; the Rubicon experience – Tim Dabney, Eldorado National Forest
  • 13th Presentation (PDF, 2.0M) – Relation to severity and forest structure: the results - Theresa B. Jain, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 14th Presentation (PDF, 3.8M) – Experimental fuel treatment impacts on forest structure, potential fire behavior, and predicted tree mortality in a mixed conifer forest – Jason Moghaddas, U.C. Berkeley
  • 15th Presentation (PDF, 3.2M) – Delayed conifer tree mortality following fire in California - Sharon M. Hood, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 16th Presentation (PDF, 2.1M) – Reintroduction of fire in regenerating dry forests following stand-replacing wildfire - David W. Peterson, Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • 17th Presentation (PDF, 5.6M) – Integrating stand density management with fuel reduction treatments – Joe Sherlock, Pacific Southwest Region
  • 18th Presentation (PDF, 8.8M) – Rise and fall of striped maple understories in the mixed oak forests of Pennsylvania - Patrick Brose, Northeastern Research Station
  • 19th Presentation (PDF, 277K) – Early growth trends and stand level effects of experimental gaps in a mixed conifer forest – Robert A. York, U.C. Berkeley
  • 20th Presentation (PDF, 1.3M) – SDI-FLEX: A new technique for developing uneven-aged prescriptions - Wayne D. Shepperd, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 21st Presentation (PDF, 4.1M) – Free selection: a silvicultural option- Russell T. Graham, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 22nd Presentation (oral presentation, no document) – The critical role of the silviculturist in promoting recovery following disturbance events - Chuck Myers, Washington Office

Friday, June 10, 2005

  • Overview Presentation (PDF, 1.1M) – The Fuels Synthesis Project – Russell T. Graham, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 23rd Presentation (PDF, 1.6M) – Ideas for successful interactions with clients and stakeholders when planning and executing fire hazard reduction treatments - Sarah McCaffrey, North Central Research Station
  • 24th Presentation (PDF, 1.2M) – A guidebook for evaluating potential fire behavior both before and after fire hazard reduction treatments - Morris Johnson, Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • 25th Presentation (PDF, 6.6M) – Four tools for evaluating environmental effects of fire hazard reduction treatments – Steve Sutherland, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 26th Presentation (PDF, 1.4M) – A tool for conducting financial analyses and economic impact analysis of fire hazard reduction treatments – Jamie Barbour, Pacific Northwest Research Station

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