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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 March 2013

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).

To subscribe, visit or contact Ellen Eberhardt at (541)750-7481,

arrowEffects of Climatic Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector

This comprehensive report synthesizes the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. forests. FERA's Dave Peterson was one of three editors leading this national effort, which included contributions from over 30 federal and academic researchers from around the country.

Although some regions will be affected more than others, these disturbances are likely to change the structure and function of ecosystems across millions of acres over a short period of time with detrimental effects on forest resources. Anticipated effects include increased tree mortality, changes in species assemblages, and reduced water quality. 


arrowQuantifying the Effect of Fuel Reduction Treatments on Fire Behavior in Boreal Forests

FERA's Roger Ottmar and Bob Vihnanek were among the group of collaborators who directly measured fire intensity and energy release in each of four fuel treatments in Alaska’s Interior. The effectiveness of each treatment in changing fire behavior is presented here.


arrowPhoto Series Focusing on Wet and Dry Sites in the Pacific Northwest Now Available in Print

Fuels from sagebrush steppe (grasses, western juniper, and ponderosa pine) and nesting habitats of the northern spotted owl, have been combined in a unique natural fuels photo series covering Oregon and Washington. Designed to help appraise fuel and vegetation conditions in natural settings, each group of photos includes inventory information summarizing vegetation composition, structure, and loading; woody material loading and density by size class; forest floor depth and loading; and various site characteristics.

Through funding from the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, this material is appearing in print that has–up until now–been only available digitally. Contact Craig Goodell, natural resource specialist with the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon, if you would like a copy (


arrowVihnanek Conducts Technical Discussions with Local Firefighters in Colorado Springs

FERA’s field crew leader, Bob Vihnanek, participated in a series of technical discussions with the Colorado Springs Fire Department to share details about efforts taken to save homes during the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire. Information is gathered on what burned, when, how badly, and why, to guide preventative efforts. The effectiveness of past mitigation efforts can also be assessed. The effort is led by cooperator Alex Maranghides of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and partially funded by the Joint Fire Science Program Project #11-1-3-29.



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