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Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team


Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

400 N 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 732-7800

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FERA Research Update August 2010

This FERA Research Update is intended to provide the fire management and fire science communities with information about current research conducted by the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA).

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arrowarrowJFSP News Brief on Handpiles ProjectThe Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) recently published a news brief on the science behind development FERA’s handpile biomass calculator. This tool provides fuel and fire managers with the ability to estimate smoke production from piles with a few basic observations and measurements. The 6-page colorful brief presents Enhancements are underway to incorporate calculation of machine pile biomass, and provide the option of batch processing.


arrowarrow“Fuel Treatments Reduce the Severity of Wildfire Effects in Dry Mixed Conifer Forest, Washington, USA”Susan Prichard and Kyle Jacobson of the University of Washington, along with FERA's David L. Peterson, quantified tree mortality on Washington's Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in an area affected by the 2006 Tripod Fire, which burned through forested areas managed to reduce potential fire hazard. Because of the management history of the area, the researchers were able to compare untreated stands, stands that were thinned, and stands that were thinned and then underwent prescribed burns to remove surface fuels. We acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program under Project JFSP #07-1-2-13.

arrowarrow"Managing for Multiple Resources under Climate Change: National Forests”This study explores potential adaptation approaches in planning and management that the U.S. Forest Service might adopt to help achieve its goals and objectives in the face of climate change. It was published by the journal Environmental Management. FERA's David L. Peterson was one of eight authors.

arrowarrow“Modeling Understory Vegetation and Its Response to Fire”This chapter by FERA's Don McKenzie and Crystal Raymond, along with Sam Cushman, considers empirical models, ecosystem dynamics models, and qualitative models, and their use over large landscapes, It is part of the 2009 book Elsevier book "Models for Planning Wildlife Conservation in Large Landscapes" edited by J.J. Millspaugh, J.J. and F.R.Thompson, III.
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arrowClint Wright Awarded Ph.D. with Research on Shrub-Dominated Ecosystems

FERA is pleased to congratulate Dr. Clint Wright, research forester with the team, on earning his Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. His dissertation, “Effects of Disturbance and Fuelbed Succession on Spatial Patterns of Fuel, Fire Hazard, and Carbon; and Fuel Consumption in Shrub-dominated Ecosystems,” is available online.

arrowPacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory Offers 2 Workshops in Spokane

Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory will be leading two half-day workshops on fuels and smoke tools during the “3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference,” October 25-29 in Spokane, WA. Although the workshop sessions are separate, their content is highly complementary. Early registration is highly recommended as space is limited.

arrowMorris Johnson Visits Southern University’s Urban Forestry Program

FERA’s Morris Johnson was invited to give presentations in 8 undergraduate and graduate classes in the Urban Forestry program at his alma mater, Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his visit, he presented summaries of his research projects and job responsibilities as a Forest Service scientist in the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW). He also used this opportunity to inform the undergraduate and graduate students of the potential opportunities that exist in research and in the National Forest System. This trip was supported in part by PNW’s Civil Rights program.


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