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Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
Tahoe Science Projects supported by SNPLMA
Upland fuel reduction treatments in the Lake Tahoe Basin: forest restoration effectiveness
Final Report [pdf]
Please contact Dr. Pat Manley with questions regarding the reports.
The National Fire Plan and the Healthy Forest Restoration Act mandate federal land managers to restore forest habitats and reduce the risk of wildfire, particularly in the wildland-urban interface. The Healthy Forest Initiative implementation plan includes monitoring and tracking performance to confirm that these objectives are being met. The final report summarizes the results of a comprehensive six-year experiment investigating the effects of fuels reduction treatments on fuel conditions and fire risk, forest structure, and wildlife in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Detailed data was collected on vegetation structure and composition, fuel loading, birds, small mammals, and ants before and after treatments were implemented. Treatments varied in type and intensity and were implemented in both West Shore mixed-conifer and East Shore Jeffrey pine/red fir forests. The resulting dataset represents the first comprehensive monitoring effort in the Lake Tahoe Basin specifically designed to examine changes in plant and animal communities and fuel loading in response to fuel management activities.
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