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Integrated Decision Support for Cost Effective Fuel Treatments

Full title: Integrated decision support for cost effective fuel treatments under multiple resource goals

Proposal

Lead Researchers: Woodam Chung and Solomon Dobrowski, College of Forestry and Conservation, the University of Montana; J. Greg Jones and William J. Elliot, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Abstract

Many communities in the Lake Tahoe basin are at high risk for damage from wildfire. The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) and other land management agencies in the basin have collectively developed multi-jurisdictional fuel reduction and wildfire prevention strategies (LTBMU 2007) to address severe wildfire threats. Such strategies, however, have not yet been thoroughly evaluated in terms of fuels treatment effects on fire behavior, water quality, ecosystem processes, as well as their cost effectiveness. There are a number of models that can address some of these effects independently, but the collective effects of fuels treatments have been neither addressed, nor incorporated into a decision making system for fuels management in the Basin. There is a critical need to merge these systems into one decision support tool that streamlines analyses for identifying where, when, and how to treat to maintain desired fuel reduction and ecological goals, while meeting given resource and operational constraints. We propose a 2.5-year project to develop an integrated decision support system and apply it in the Lake Tahoe basin. Building upon two current research projects by the PI and Co-PIs, our support system will combine the vegetation simulation capabilities of FVS-FFE, the fire behavior capabilities of FlamMap, the water quality prediction capabilities of FS WEPP, and the spatial scheduling and cost effectiveness analysis capabilities of MAGIS into one system. This will provide land managers the ability to spatially schedule fuel treatments on a landscape and to also analyze tradeoffs of different management strategies. Users will have to learn one seamlessly integrated system to develop the most cost effective way of maintaining fuel treatments in the Basin, while simultaneously addressing treatment effects on fire behavior, water quality and ecosystem restoration. Our research thus addresses Sub-theme "Evaluating alternatives for fuel treatments" under Theme 1 of Lake Tahoe Research RFP 2008.

Expected date of final products: December 2011.
Progress Report available for download

Expected date of final products:

August 2011

Schedule of milestones and deliverables
Milestones/Deliverables Description Schedule
Quarterly report Progress report Sep. 2009
Data transfer interfaces among the existing models Interface that facilitates automatic data transfers between MAGIS, FlamMap, FVS-FFE, and FS WEPP Dec. 2009
Quarterly report Progress report describing data transfer interfaces Dec. 2009
Heuristic optimizer Optimizer that integrates resource issues/economics with fire behavior projections for various treatment options Mar. 2010
Quarterly report Progress report describing heuristic optimizer Mar. 2010
Quarterly report Progress report describing linkage between MAGIS and LMS/ENVISION Jun. 2010
Data transfer interface between MAGIS and LMS Decision support system that integrates MAGIS and LMS/ENVISION for enhanced solution display Sep. 2010
Quarterly report Progress report describing the integrated support system Sep. 2010
Data collection Input data collected for the support system Dec. 2010
Quarterly report Progress report describing data collection Dec. 2010
Lake Tahoe model Application built from real data for testing, with input from local management for resource objectives and constraints Mar. 2011
Quarterly report Progress report describing the Lake Tahoe application Mar. 2011
Workshop We will present our results at a workshop with field managers to ensure that our results are useful to them Jun. 2011
Quarterly report Progress report describing the analysis results Jun. 2011
Publication Peer-reviewed journal manuscript describing the support system and its applications Sep. 2011
Presentations Present results at professional conferences Sep. 2011
Applications report Document on DSS and its applications in two national forests Sep. 2011
Quarterly report Progress report describing the summary of applications Sep. 2011
DSS Technology transfer Initial draft of Website and User Documentation with active tutorials. Oct. 2011
DSS Distribution System Installation package and software delivery system (ftp and website for downloads and updates) Nov. 2011
System manual Document describing how to use the support system Nov. 2011
Workshop We will hold a workshop for demonstrating and teaching the new modeling system to potential users Nov. 2011
DSS Technology transfer Final Drafts of Website and User Documentation with active tutorials Nov. 2011
DSS Distribution System Installation package and software delivery system (ftp and website for downloads and updates) Nov. 2011
Publication Peer-reviewed journal manuscript describing tradeoffs of different fuels management strategies in the Lake Tahoe Basin Dec. 2011
Forest Service technical report Synthesis report describing the support system, applications, and analysis results Dec. 2011
Final Report Submission of the final report to the PSW Research Station Dec. 2011
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