Interdisciplinary Research on the Goosenest Adaptive Management Area
Little Horse Peak Research Project
In the Goosenest Adaptive Management Area on the Klamath National Forest, the combined effects of fire suppression and differential cutting of pine have, over time, resulted in dense stands with a high proportion of white fir. The buildup of fuels including dense white fir understories has caused fire hazard to become so extreme that protection of remaining forest stands with late-successional attributes is virtually impossible. While many wildlife species have taken up residence in white fir infested pine forests, much of the habitat potential has been altered. Silvicultural treatments have the potential to accelerate development of late-successional attributes but the ecosystem responses to these treatments are untested.
These ecosystem responses are being studied in an interdisciplinary research project on the Goosenest Ranger District (Klamath National Forest).
Overall Research Objectives
An interdisciplinary team of scientists are determining the extent to which different combinations of silvicultural treatments (especially tree harvesting and prescribed fire) can accelerate development of late-successional forest attributes in mixed stands of ponderosa pine and white fir. The responses of many forest attributes will be evaluated, including vegetation, insects, and wildlife.
- Accelerate forest vegetation attributes to late-successional, emphasizing pine tree species, without prescribed fire
- Accelerate forest vegetation attributes to late-successional, emphasizing pine tree species, with prescribed fire
- Accelerate forest vegetation attributes to late-successional, emphasizing largest tree diameters, without prescribed fire
- Provide a comparison against which above management activities can be evaluated = Control (minimal activity)
These 4 treatments will be applied to 20 plots, each 100 acres in size (View Map). All plots have a 100 meter spatial reference grid to assist in analysis of data. The treatments are to be implimented over a four year period (1998 - 2001).