USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station


Pacific Southwest Research Station
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Albany, CA 94710-0011

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Evaluating alternative fuel treatments in the South Shore wildland urban interface area


Lead Researchers: Morris C. Johnson and Roger Ottmar, Pacific Northwest Research Station


We will develop the fuels data and management alternatives needed to reduce fire hazard in the South Shore Project of the Lake Tahoe Management Unit, Tahoe National Forest. Using an integrated approach that links two commonly used tools-the Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FFE-FVS) and the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS)-we will develop a range of management alternatives appropriate for application in the wildland-urban interface. Alternatives will include various combinations of forest thinning and surface fuel treatments, including the effect of treatments over time. This project builds on the TSC-funded project "Developing FCCS Fuelbeds for the Angora Fire Region" (PIs: R. Ottmar, H. Safford) for which fuelbeds are already developed, many of which will be directly applicable to the South Shore Project. Reducing fire hazard in the WUI is a high priority in the Lake Tahoe basin. By developing a comprehensive fuels map and documenting effective alternatives for reducing fuels, we will provide the scientific basis for hazardous fuels reduction, vegetation management, and restoration in the WUI. Our approach will also provide a clear, visual means of communicating WUI management alternatives to resource managers, local residents, and decision makers. This approach will be applicable for other planning areas in the Lake Tahoe basin WUI areas such as the Incline Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Restoration Project.

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

Schedule of milestones and deliverables
Activity/Deliverable Start Date End Date Description
Data collection Jul 1, 2009 Nov 1, 2009 Collect stand exam data and build FCCS fuelbeds
Quarterly report Sep 1, 2009 Oct 1, 2009 Update of project status
Build interface Nov 1, 2009 May 1, 2010 Computer programming to link FFE-FVS to FCCS
Quarterly report Dec 1, 2010 Jan 1, 2010 Update of project status
Quarterly report May 1, 2010 Apr 1, 2010 Update of project status
Build treatment matrix May 1, 2010 Aug 1, 2010 Develop thinning and surface fuel treatments to be tested
Quarterly report Jun 1, 2010 Jul 1, 2010 Update of project status
Make projections Aug 1, 2010 Dec 1, 2010 Implement treatments in FFE-FVS-FCCS
Quarterly report Sep 1, 2010 Oct 1, 2010 Update of project status
Test interface Dec 1, 2010 Mar 1, 2011 Testing treatment effects and assumptions
Quarterly report Dec 1, 2010 Jan 1, 2011 Update of project status
Final report Mar 1, 2011 Jun 1, 2011 Project results
Prepare journal article Jun 1, 2011 Aug 1, 2011 Article for peer-reviewed outlet
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