USDA Forest Service Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab - Rocky Mountain Research Station

 

 

Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
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Boise, ID  83702

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Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems

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Watershed, Soils, and Riparian
Adaptive Management Fire Projects

 

Project Title, Links to Project Description from January 2004

Adaptive Management and Monitoring Report (Full Text)

Lead Scientist or Manager
Link to Keywords/Products
     
Overall technology transfer of the following studies Kerry Overton, Sherry Wollrab, RMRS-Boise bullet link to technology transfer studies
Influences of wildfire and channel reorganization on spatial and temporal variation in stream temperature and the distribution of fish and amphibians Jason B. Dunham, USGS-Corvallis, Amanda E. Rosenberger, University of Idaho, Charles H. Luce, Bruce E. Rieman, RMRS-Boise  
Soil carbon and nitrogen pools in mid- to late-successional forest stands of the northwestern United States:  potential impacts of fire Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, RMRS-Moscow, Martin F. Jurgensen, Michigan Technological University  
Impact of fire on organic matter decomposition in mineral soils of western North American forests (abstract) Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, RMRS-Moscow, Martin F. Jurgensen, Michigan Technological University  
Monitoring effectiveness of post-fire rehabilitation treatments at small watershed scales Pete Robichaud, RMRS-Moscow bullet link to Robichaud's post-fire study
Development of indicators and monitoring approaches to define the effects of stand replacing wildfire on stream ecosystems Charlie Luce, Bruce Rieman, RMRS-Boise bullet link to Luce's project-stand replacement
Workshop on fire and aquatic ecosystems Bruce Rieman, RMRS bullet link to fire and aquatic workshop
Monitoring post-fire riparian salvaging impacts to fish habitats  (completed project) Beth Gardner, Flathead NF bullet link to Gardner's study on riparian salvage logging
Riparian forest and LWD relationships in burned and unburned riparian Sherry Wollrab, Kerry Overton, RMRS-Boise bullet link to Wollrab's streamside forest study

Effects of fire and fuel reduction on stream ecosystems in western forests David Pilliod, ALWRI bullet link to Pilliod's, fire and fuel reduction project
Does fire favor non-native fish? Michael Young, RMRS-Missoula, Jason Dunham, RMRS-Boise bullet link to Dunhams' project on non-native fish
On the decay of downslope continuity of post-fire water repellency and its influence on BAER treatment effectiveness Charles Luce, RMRS-Boise
Tom Clifford, Boise NF
bullet link to Luce's study on post-fire water repellency
Key processes that influence soil erosion and soil productivity Debbie Page-Dumroese, RMRS-Moscow bullet link to Dumroese's study on soil erosion and productivity
Soil and water flows:  Are predictive indicators in a standard Regional model accurate in determining peak discharge and other flooding and debris-flow hazards from recently burned basins? Susan Cannon, USGS
Bob Wintergerst, Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF
bullet link to Cannon's study on models to determine discharge post-fire

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Overall technology transfer for R1/R4 Adaptive Fire Management Projects

 

Project Leaders: Kerry Overton, Sherry Wollrab, RMRS-Boise

Keywords:
Geographic Area Areas where R1/R4 Adaptive Fire Mgt Projects are conducted.
Stream Type Stream types associated with the R1/R4 Adaptive Fire Mgt Projects.
Vegetation Type Veg. types associated with the R1/R4 Adaptive Fire Mgt Projects.
Management Context Broad cross section associated with the R1/R4 Adaptive Fire Mgt Projects
Watershed Extent Broad cross section associated with the R1/R4 Adaptive Fire Mgt Projects
Fire Condition R1/R4 Adaptive Fire Mgt Projects cover most fire conditions.
Available Products:
Web Page Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems web, includes adaptive fire management projects, publications, related links, fire bibliography, and Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems Workshop products.

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Monitoring effectiveness of post-fire rehabilitation treatments at small watershed scales.

Project Leader: Pete Robichaud, Moscow Forest Science Lab

 

Keywords:
Geographic Area

Bitterroot NF, R1,Medicine Tree Basin, Humboldt-Toiyabe, R4, Mill Ck. Basin, Gallatin NF, R1, West Pine Ck. Basin

Stream Type

Headwater sub catchments

Vegetation Type

Mixed Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir

Management Context

Sub-Catchments, BAER Treatments; One catchments treated (contour felled logs); One catchments, control untreated; One catchments, salvage logging

Watershed Extent

Upland sub-catchments

Fire Condition

High severity burned areas, post-fire treatments (straw wattles, contour fell logs, hand trenches/controls; stand-replacement fires)

Available Products:
Publications

These publications and others can be downloaded at the Moscow Lab Publications Page
(Go to Fire Effects Publications)

 

Hudak, A.T.; Rickert, I.; Morgan, P.; Strand, E.; Lewis, S.A.; Robichaud, P.R.; Hoffman, C.; Holden, Z.A. 2011. Review of fuel treatment effectiveness in forests and rangelands and a case study from the 2007 megafires in central Idaho, USA. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-252. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 60 p.

 

Robichaud, Peter R.; Cerdà, Artemi. 2009. Summary and Remarks. Chapter 21 in: Cerdà, A.; Robichaud, P.R., eds. Fire Effects on Soils and Restoration Strategies. 2009. Enfield, NH: Science Publishers. 569 ff.

 

Bautista, Susana; Robichaud, Peter R.; Bladé, Carme. 2009. Post-fire Mulching. Chapter 13 in: Cerdà, A.; Robichaud, P.R., eds. Fire Effects on Soils and Restoration Strategies. 2009. Enfield, NH: Science Publishers. 353-372.

 

Robichaud, Peter R. 2009. Using Erosion Barriers for Post-fire Stabilization. Chapter 12 in: Cerdà, A.; Robichaud, P.R., eds. Fire Effects on Soils and Restoration Strategies. 2009. Enfield, NH: Science Publishers. 337-352.

 

Robichaud, Peter R. 2009. Post-fire Stabilization and Rehabilitation. Chapter 10 in: Cerdà, A.; Robichaud, P.R., eds. Fire Effects on Soils and Restoration Strategies. 2009. Enfield, NH: Science Publishers. 299-320.

 

Scott, David F.; Curran, Michael P.; Robichaud, Peter R.; Wagenbrenner, Joseph W. 2009. Soil erosion after forest fire. Chapter 6 in: Cerdà, A.; Robichaud, P.R., eds. Fire Effects on Soils and Restoration Strategies. 2009. Enfield, NH: Science Publishers. 177-196.

 

Lentile, Leigh B.; Morgan, Penelope; Hudak, Andrew T.; Bobbitt, Michael J.; Lewis, Sarah A.; Smith, Alistair M. S.; Robichaud, Peter R. 2007. Post-fire burn severity and vegetation response following eight large wildfires across the Western United States. Fire Ecology. 3(1):91-108.

 

Lentile, L.; Morgan, P.; Hardy, C.; Hudak, A.; Means, R.; Ottmar, R.; Robichaud, P.; Sutherland, E.; Way, F.; Lewis, S. 2007. Lessons learned from rapid response research on wildland fires. Fire Management Today 67(1):24-31.

 

Ryan, K.; Elliot, W.J. 2005. Chapter 9: Fire effects and soil erosion models. In: Neary, D.G.; Ryan, K.C.; DeBano, L.F., eds. Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on soils and water. Gen Tech Rep RMRS-GTR-42-vol.4. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 171-177. [Full text available]

 

Robichaud, P.R.; Brown, R.E.; Mutch, P.W. 2002. Silt fences: an economical technique for measuring hillslope soil erosion. Gen. Tech. Report RMRS-GTR-94. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
24 p.

 

Robichaud, Peter R.; Beyers, Jan L.; Neary, Daniel G. 2000. Evaluating the effectiveness of postfire rehabilitation treatments. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-63. Fort Collins: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
85 p.

 

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Development of indicators and monitoring approaches to define the effects of stand replacing wildfire on stream ecosystems

Project Leaders: Charlie Luce, Bruce Rieman, RMRS-Boise

 

Keywords:  
Geographic Area Nez Perce National Forest, Boise National Forest, Sawtooth National Forest, Payette National Forest.
Stream Type 27 streams, high elevation, low gradient (2-5%), 3rd order.
Vegetation Type High elevation forests – lodgepole pine, spruce-fir.
Management Context Unroaded.
Watershed Extent Stream, but use riparian/upland for context.
Fire Condition Old to recent fires; post-fire
Available Products:
Research Handout Stream-succession: Channel changes after fire disturbance.

 

 

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2002 Workshop on fire and aquatic ecosystems

Project Leader: Bruce Rieman, RMRS-Boise

Keywords:

Geographic Area

Most of Western US, many areas in the Pacific Northwest

Available Products:

Web Page

Workshop Products

Presentations

Limited presentations from the workshop are available for download at the above web address

Publications

Full-text publications from individual speakers, as well as a workshop synthesis and abstracts available for download at the above web address

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Monitoring post-fire riparian salvaging impacts to fish habitats

Project Leader: Beth Gardner, Flathead National Forest

 

Keywords:  
Geographic Area Flathead National Forest, Hand Creek (Stillwater River subbasin)
Stream Type 3rd order, B and C channels, 3 m wide average
Vegetation Type Cool-moist forest type, spruce/subalpine fir
Management Context Roaded, managed forest.  No native fish left, only brook trout. 
Spruce beetle epidemic and riparian timber salvage
Watershed Extent Stream
Fire Condition 1994 fire burned 89% of watershed; wide mosaic of intensity but riparian
area was generally lightly burned, delayed mortality;
stand-replacement fire regime.
Available Products:

Methods

R1/R4 Fish Habitat Inventory

http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/boise/teams/fisheries/fish_tech_transfer.htm

Final Report

Preliminary response of fish habitat to post-fire salvage logging in riparian areas in a northwestern Montana stream

 

 

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Riparian forest and LWD relationships in burned and unburned riparian areas

Project Leader: Sherry Wollrab, Kerry Overton, RMRS-Boise

Keywords:  
Geographic Area South Fork Salmon Subbasin, 4 streams (tribs to South Fork,
E. Fk. South Fork); Middle Fork Salmon, Big Cr tribs (future)
Stream Type 3rd order, confined, high gradient (A) channels
Vegetation Type Seral ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir
Management Context Limited mgt., unroaded in RHCA, wilderness (future sampling); bull trout, chinook, steelhead, CT
Watershed Extent Riparian/streamside forest, stream
Fire Condition Unburned fire-suppressed, burned (future); low intensity, frequent fire regime
Available Products:

Study Plan

Updated plan will be available on website

Fisheries Technology Transfer

Bibliography

Project bibliography linked on FAE website
FAE Website
 
 

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Effects of fire and fuel reduction on stream ecosystems in western forests

Project Leader: David Pilliod, ALWRI

   
   
   
   
   

 

Keywords:

Geographic Area

SF Salmon, MF Salmon, EF Bitterroot, WF Bitterroot, also sites in OR, Skalkaho

Stream Type

2-3 order streams

Vegetation Type

Doug. Fir, P. Pine

Management Context

Roads, wilderness, prescribed fire, watersheds with TES species (BT and Chinook)

Watershed Extent

Stream, riparian/upland (fire severity)

Fire Condition

Burned, unburned (suppressed and some recent), prescribed burn

Available Products:

Study Plan

Review complete, revision expected 3/2003 will be available on web page: http://www.wilderness.net/Leopold/staff/Pilliod

Publications

Pilliod, D.S., Bury, R.B., Hyde, E.J., Pearl, C.A., P.S. Corn.
(In Press).  Fire and amphibians in North America. Forest Ecology and Management. 178(1-2): 183-196.

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Does fire favor non-native fish?

Project Leader: Mike Young, RMRS-Missoula, Jason Dunham, RMRS-Boise

 

Keywords:

Geographic Area

Bitterroot River, West Fork and East Fork basin; tribs include Sleeping Child, Divide Rye, North Rye, Piquett, Bertie Lord, Martin, Tolan, Reimel, Mine, Slate, Little Blue Joint, Camp, Chicken, Cameron.

Stream Type

2nd to 4th order; Rosgen types B, C.

Vegetation Type

Riparian, spruce-fir.

Management Context

Roaded, mostly NF system lands; westslope CT, bull trout.

Watershed Extent

Stream, riparian.

Fire Condition

Comparison of burn severity (low, moderate, high), unburned sites, burned sites with debris torrents.

Available Products:

Publications

Dunham, J.B., Young, M.K.,  Gresswell, R., Rieman, B.E. 2003. Effects of fire on fish populations: Landscape perspectives on persistence of native fishes and nonnative fish invasions. Forest Ecology and Management. 178(1/2): 183-196.

 

Sestrich, C.M.  Changes in Native and Nonnative Fish Assemblages and Habitat Following Wildfire in the Bitterroot River Basin, Montana FAE Papers/Sestrich_thesis_2005.pdf. Montana State University 2005  (Thesis) 

Presentation

Presentation from FAE Workshop
Available on web:
Fire Workshop Products

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On the decay of downslope continuity of post-fire water repellency and its influence on BAER treatment effectiveness.

Project Leader:   Charlie Luce, RMRS-Boise, Tom Clifford, Boise NF

 

Keywords:

Geographic Area

Trail Creek (Idaho batholith); Fridley Fire area, Bozeman (volcanic soils).

Stream Type

High gradient, 1st order streams; hillslope

Vegetation Type

Various forest types (low to high elevation).

Management Context

BAER, salvage

Watershed Extent

Hillslopes, but effects riparian, stream.

Fire Condition

Post-wildfire (stand-replacement).

Available Products:

No products are available at this time.

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Key processes that influence soil erosion and soil productivity

Project Leader: Debbie Page-Dumroese, RMRS-Moscow

Keywords:

Geographic Area

Good Ck. Management area, Flathead NF
Caribou-Targhee NF

Vegetation Type

R1, mixed conifer in NW Montana
R4, shrubland ecosystems in SE Idaho

Management Context

Management of suppressed stands, nutrient cycling, BAER rehab efforts and soil productivity

Fire Condition

Suppressed; management treatments will be implemented, underburn
Burned (severe) with rehabilitation

Available Products:

Presentation

 

Publications

Fire and fire-suppression impacts on forest-soil carbon.  Page-Dumroese, Jurgensen, and Harvey. 2003. Cpt 13. The potential of US forest soils to sequester carbon and mitigate the greenhouse effect.

Poster

Available per request from jhensiek@fs.fed.us

 

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Soil and water flows:  Are predictive indicators in a standard Regional model accurate in determining peak discharge and other flooding and debris-flow hazards from recently burned basins?

Project Leader: Susan Cannon, USGS Bob Wintergerst, Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF

 

Keywords:

Geographic Area

R1/R4: applicable to Intermountain West, Bitterroot, Sula fire complex

Stream Type

3rd-6th order streams
< 35 km2 in area

Vegetation Type

Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, mixed conifer

Management Context

Post-Fire erosional hazard management

Watershed Extent

Upland streams

Fire Condition

Burned at varying severities

Available Products:

Publications

Web site with database of runoff response basin characteristics:
http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2001/ofr-01-0474/ofr-01-0474.html

 

Compilation of post wildfire runoff-event data from the western United States: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1085. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1085/

 

Compilation of data relating to the erosive response of 606 recently burned basins in the western U.S.: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2005-1218.

 

Emergency assessment of debris-flow hazards from basins burned by the Grand Prix and Old Fires of 2003, southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-475. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/ofr-03-475/

 

Emergency assessment of debris-flow hazards from basins burned by the Piru, Simi, and Verdale Fires of 2003, southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-481. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/ofr-03-481/

 

Emergency assessment of debris-flow hazards from basins burned by the Cedar and Paradise Fires of 2003, southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1011. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/ofr-04-1011/


 

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