US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Helen Y. Smith

5775 US West Highway 10
United States

Phone: 406-329-4707
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Current Research

Quantification of fuelbed characteristics in managed lodgepole pine (Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest in the Little Belt Mountains of central MT)Attrition study of lodgepole pine snags created by logging damage, fire damage, or mountain pine beetle Remeasurement of permanent plots established in 1997/98 to quantify changes in lodgepole pine forest structure

Research Interests

To better understand fuel dynamics in multi-aged lodgepole pine forests and investigate ways that managers can perpetuate these stands.

Past Research

My research is important in helping managers and the public make sound land use decisions based on anticipated fire effects and responses of vegetation.

Why This Research is Important

Conducted fire history studies in western larch/lodgepole pine/Douglas-fir forestsInvestigated changes in forest stand structure in western larch, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and lodgepole pine forestsCharacterized fuelbed changes in treated pi´┐Żon-juniper forestsCharacterized changes in masticated (chipped/shredded) fuelbeds in Montana, New Mexico, and Colorado


  • University of Montana, Missoula, B.S. Wildlife Biology 1995
  • University of Montana, Missoula, M.S. Resource Conservation - Ponderosa pine snag longevity 1999

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Last updated on : 05/08/2015