USDA Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station
333 SW First Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 808-2100

US Forest Service

Hazardous Fuel & Vegetation Treatment Workshop Materials

May 17-18, 2004

Bend, Oregon


Woodgator.PNW Research Station sponsored a workshop May 17-18, 2004, in Bend, Oregon to share current applications and tools for fuel and vegetation treatments and to promote discussions between scientists, managers, and resource specialists regarding fuel treatments at the stand and landscape scales. This workshop was held in response to requests by several forest supervisors for assistance in planning and implementing effective hazardous fuels and other vegetation treatments. The target audience for the workshop included fuel treatment specialists, vegetation management specialists, planners, and line officers.



The objectives of the workshop were to:

Arrow bullet.Provide an overview and synthesis of available (or soon-to-be available) models, tools, and applications for hazardous fuel and vegetation treatment.

Arrow bullet.Promote interaction and discussion between scientists and managers on the key issues and barriers land managers face in planning and implementing fuel and vegetation treatments.

Arrow bullet.Discuss short- and long-term needs and priorities of managers and identify opportunities for science to assist.


Workshop Materials

Agenda (PDF - 29 Kb)

Letter of Invitation (PDF - 45 Kb)

Regional and Local Perspectives on Needs

Board of Directors Charter (PDF - 53 Kb)

SORO Perspective (Tim Rich, PNW Region) (PDF - 23 Kb)

Field Input (PDF - 39 Kb)

Science Overviews: Model Summaries and Presentations

Summary Matrix of New Models and Tools (PDF - 34 Kb)


I. Understanding and Mapping Fuels


Fuel Characteristics Classification System (Roger Ottmar, PNW) Workshop participants discussed and prioritized actions for addressing needs identified for locating fuel and vegetation treatments.

Fuel Mapping (Don McKenzie and Janet Ohmann, PNW)


II. Treatment Design Tools


Modifying Forest Structure to Reduce Fire Hazard - NEPA Analysis Guidebook (Dave Peterson, PNW)

My Fuel Treatment Planner and Other Economic Tools (Jamie Barbour, PNW)

Fireshed Assessment: An Integrated Approach to Landscape Planning in Region 5 (Berni Bahro, PSW Region)

FUELSOLVE: Optimizing Fuel Solutions and Ecological Values (John Lehmkuhl, PNW)


III. Evaluation Tools


Fire Effects Tradeoff Model (FETM) Sciences Inc. (Mark Schaaf, Air Sciences Inc.)

State and Transition Landscape Models - VDDT & TELSA (Miles Hemstrom, PNW)

Prioritizing and Measuring Effects of Fuel/Vegetation Treatments in the Pacific Northwest (Sam Sandberg, PNW)


Breakout Session Questions (PDF - 14 Kb)


Existing Background Materials

Background Model Summary and Overview (PDF - 135 Kb)

Fuel Planning Synthesis Materials (to be added)

Fuel Treatment Evaluator (Dennis May, PDF - 401 Kb)

The effects of thinning and similar stand treaments on fire bahavior in Western forests. Graham, Russell T.; Harvey, Alan E.; Jain, Theresa B.; Tonn, Jonalea R. 1999. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-463. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.


Workshop Notes:

Meeting Notes (PDF - 123 Kb)

Breakout Group Notes (PDF - 82 Kb)


Workshop Followup

Workshop Recommendation to RLT/SLT (PDF - 890 Kb)


For more information on this workshop, contact Becky Gravenmier (503-808-2851,

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