The Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Pilot Project is being implemented over approximately 1.5 million acres across the Lassen and Plumas National Forest and the Sierraville District of the Tahoe National Forest. The Project is designed to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of fuels and vegetation management activities to meet ecologic, economic and fuel reduction objectives.
2011 Annual Report to Congress
Congress enacted the HFQLG Forest Recovery Act and established the pilot project in October 1998. The pilot project has been extended twice and is now scheduled to conclude in September 2012. This report released in Jan 2012 provides results on the status of accomplishments, socioeconomic monitoring and environmental monitoring aspects.
Landbirds in Burned Landscapes - 2012
We investigated the short term response (2 - 6 years post treatment) of the avian community to three fuels reduction treatments in the Northern Sierra Nevada, USA. We evaluated the effects of shaded fuel breaks, group selections, and pre-commercial understory thinning on the abundance of a suite of focal bird species that serve as surrogate species for three habitat guilds (mature closed canopy forest, shrubs, and edge/open forest).
Landbirds in Aspen and Meadows - 2012
In 2009 the avian module of the Plumas-Lassen Area Study (PLAS) expanded to address important questions related to post-fire habitat and its management. The primary objective of this study is to assess the influence of post-fire conditions on spatial and temporal variation in bird abundance, and to use this information to guide forest management actions of post-fire environments. In 2011 we continued sampling three areas that have burned in recent years within the boundaries of the original PLAS study: the Storrie, Moonlight, and Cub fires as well as 40 transects in the adjacent PLAS green forest treatment units.
Treated Stand Structure - 2012 Cumulative 5 year effects
Detailed monitoring was completed to investigate treatments. which included thinning small- and medium-diameter trees, group selection, and prescribed underburning. Response variables were measured before, one year after, and five years after treatment on 64 units and comprised of tree canopy cover and basal area, snag density, down dead wood weight, cover of shrubs and herbs, and simulated fire behavior. Data were statistically analyzed and summary results are presented”
Plumas Lassen Administrative Study Research Seminar
View the latest findings of the Plumas Lassen administrative Study - an integrated research project on the Lassen and Plumas National Forests. April 21, 2011 presentations and reports are available on the Administrative Study as well as additional monitoring efforts presented at the symposium.
Summary of Fuel Treatment Effectiveness in the HFQLG Pilot Project area
This report released in January 2011 summarizes the available literature that describes incidences of wildfire interaction with treatment areas within the HFQLG Pilot Project area. Data for this report were also developed through on-the-ground and aerial reconnaissance, as well as interviews with firefighters, fire managers, fire scientists, and members of the public.
Administrative Symposium Presentation
The Pacific Southwest Region and the Pacific Southwest Research Station agreed in 2002 to jointly develop and fund an administrative study to fill management information needs concerning the relationship between management-caused changes in vegetation and their effects on spotted owl habitat and population dynamics. The detailed discussions explaining how this program was started is provided in previous Annual Reports.
2009 Socioeconomics Report
The purpose of this study is to comply with Section 401(j)(1)(D) of the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act (HFQLG Act), which requires the U.S. Forest Service to provide annual status reports to Congress that describe the “economic benefits to local communities achieved by the implementation of the pilot project.” This report tracks socioeconomic changes since implementation of the Pilot Project in 1999 using the most recent available data.
Rich Fire Kingsbury Rush DFPZ Effectiveness Report
This report shows the effectiveness of DFPZ’s in reducing fire severity. Within the Rich Fire area is a 6094 acre section of the Kingsbury Rush DFPZ treatment area. The DFPZ area was used by fire personnel to help contain the Rich Fire.
Peterson Fire Pittville DFPZ Effectiveness Report
This report shows the effectiveness of DFPZ’s in reducing fire severity. Within the Peterson Complex Fire area was a section of the Pittville DFPZ. Local Fire managers estimate that without the Pittville DFPZ, the Peterson Complex would have been at least 1,000 acres larger.
Fire Behavior and Effects Relating to Suppression, Fuel Treatments, and Protected Areas on the Antelope Complex Wheeler Fire
This report presents findings and recommendations derived from evaluating the use and effectiveness of fuel treatments and fire behavior inside treated and untreated areas on the Antelope Complex Fire.