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RMRS-GTR-231: Cumulative watershed effects of fuel management in the western United States


Elliot, William J.; Miller, Ina Sue; Audin, Lisa. Eds. 2010. Cumulative watershed effects of fuel management in the western United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-231. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 299 p.

Fire suppression in the last century has resulted in forests with excessive amounts of biomass, leading to more severe wildfires, covering greater areas, requiring more resources for suppression and mitigation, and causing increased onsite and offsite damage to forests and watersheds. Forest managers are now attempting to reduce this accumulated biomass by thinning, prescribed fire, and other management activities. These activities will impact watershed health, particularly as larger areas are treated and treatment activities become more widespread in space and in time. Management needs, laws, social pressures, and legal findings have underscored a need to synthesize what we know about the cumulative watershed effects of fuel management activities. To meet this need, a workshop was held in Provo, Utah, on April, 2005, with 45 scientists and watershed managers from throughout the United States. At that meeting, it was decided that two syntheses on the cumulative watershed effects of fuel management would be developed, one for the eastern United States, and one for the western United States. For the western synthesis, 14 chapters were defined covering fire and forests, machinery, erosion processes, water yield and quality, soil and riparian impacts, aquatic and landscape effects, and predictive tools and procedures. We believe these chapters provide an overview of our current understanding of the cumulative watershed effects of fuel management in the western United States.

Keywords: cumulative effects, watershed, wildfire, fuel management, water quality, soil erosion


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Contents
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Foreward
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Chapter 1. Introduction to Synthesis of Current Science Regarding Cumulative Watershed Effects of Fuel Reduction Treatments
Douglas F. Ryan
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Chapter 2. Fire Regimes and Ecoregions
Robert G. Bailey
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Chapter 3. Fuel Management in Forests of the Inland West
Russell T. Graham, Theresa B. Jain, Susan Matthews
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Chapter 4. Tools for Fuel Management
Bob Rummer
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Chapter 5. Fuel Management and Erosion
Pete R. Robichaud, Lee H. MacDonald, Randy B. Foltz
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Chapter 6. Cumulative Effects of Fuel Treatments on Channel Erosion and Mass Wasting
Leslie M. Reid
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Chapter 7. Fuel Management and Water Yield
Charles A. Troendle, Lee H. MacDonald, Charles H. Luce, I.J. Larsen
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Chapter 8. Effects of Fuel Management Practices on Water Quality
John D. Stednick
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Chapter 9. Cumulative Effects of Fuel Treatments on Soil Productivity
Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, Martin F. Jurgensen, Michael P. Curran, Sharon M. DeHart
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Chapter 10. Potential Effects of Fuel Management Activities on Riparian Areas
Kathleen A. Dwire, Charles C. Rhoades, Michael K. Young
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Chapter 11. Biological Responses to Stressors in Aquatic Ecosystems in Western North America: Cumulative Watershed Effects of Fuel Treatments, Wildfire, and Post-Fire Remediation
Frank H. McCormick, Bruce E. Riemen, Jeffrey L. Kershner
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Chapter 12. Landscape Scale Effects of Fuel Management or Fire on Water Resources: The Future of Cumulative Effects Analysis?
Charles H. Luce, Bruce E. Rieman
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Chapter 13. Tools for Analysis
William Elliot, Kevin Hyde, Lee MacDonald, James McKean
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Chapter 14. Understanding and Evaluating Cumulative Watershed Impacts
Leslie M. Reid
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Appendix. Workshop Participants and First Round Reviewers (2006)
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Title: RMRS-GTR-231: Cumulative watershed effects of fuel management in the western United States
Electronic Publish Date: January 11, 2010
Expires: Indefinite
Last Update:
January 11, 2010

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