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Mulch Matters: Mulching fuels treatments promoted understory plant communities in Colorado forests

Documents and Media Posted on: June 26, 2018
Rocky Mountain Research Station Research Ecologist Paula Fornwalt and her team initiated a long-term study in 2007 to better understand how mulching fuels treatments impacted understory plant communities in three Colorado forest types: pinyon pine – juniper (PJ), ponderosa pine and ponderosa pine – Douglas-fir (PP), and lodgepole pine and mixed conifer (LPMC).   Fornwalt and her team initiated a long-term study in 2007 to better understand how mulching fuels treatments impacted understory plant communities in Document Type: Other Documents

Characteristics of masticated particles in mixed-conifer forests of the western United States: Shape, particle, and fuel load characteristics

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
This data publication contains the results of sorting masticated particles from mixed-conifer forests in 15 study locations. These data were collected from 2012 through 2016 as part of the MASTIDON project. The MASTIDON project was a four-year research project to study how masticated material differs when treated with different cutting machines and how the masticated particles decompose when left on the ground for multiple years.

Mastication effects on fuels, plants, and soils in four western U.S. ecosystems: Long-term trends

Projects Posted on: September 16, 2015
Fire managers have increased their use of mastication, the on-site disposal of shrubs and small-diameter trees through chipping and shredding, a practice that alters the chemical and physical conditions of the forest floor and may influence vegetation regrowth for years or decades. We evaluated a network of 18 masticated sites to assess the effects of mastication treatments on plants and soils, and convey how these effects vary over time.

Short and long-term carbon balance of bioenergy electricity production fueled by forest treatments

Publications Posted on: September 18, 2014
Forests store large amounts of carbon in forest biomass, and this carbon can be released to the atmosphere following forest disturbance or management. In the western US, forest fuel reduction treatments designed to reduce the risk of high severity wildfire can change forest carbon balance by removing carbon in the form of biomass, and by altering future potential wildfire behavior in the treated stand.

A simulation study of thinning and fuel treatments on a wildland-urban interface in eastern Oregon, USA

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2012
We simulated long-term forest management activities on 16,000-ha wildland-urban interface in the Blue Mountains near La Grande, Oregon. The study area is targeted for thinning and fuels treatments on both private and Federally managed lands to address forest health and sustainability concerns and reduce the risk of severe wildfire.

Burning questions for managers: Fuels management practices in riparian areas

Publications Posted on: August 29, 2012
Vegetation treatment projects for fuel reduction in riparian areas can pose distinct challenges to resource managers. Riparian areas are protected by administrative regulations, many of which are largely custodial and restrict active management. Like uplands, however, riparian areas have been affected by fire suppression, land use, and multiple types of disturbance.

Effectiveness of Prescribed Fire as a Fuel Treatment in Californian Coniferous Forests

Publications Posted on: February 02, 2007
Effective fire suppression for the past century has altered forest structure and increased fuel loads. Prescribed fire as a fuels treatment can reduce wildfire size and severity. This study investigates how prescribed fire affects fuel loads, forest structure, potential fire behavior, and modeled tree mortality at 80th, 90th, and 97.5th percentile fire weather conditions on eight National Forests in California.

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; social issues fact sheet 14: Landscape preference in forested ecosystems

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2006
It is important to understand what types of landscape settings most people prefer to be able to plan fuels treatment and other forest management activities that will be acceptable to the general public. This fact sheet considers the four common elements of visually preferred forest settings: large trees; herbacious, smooth groundcover; open midstory canopy; and vistas with distant views.

Estimating small mammal abundance on fuels treatment units in southwestern ponderosa pine forests

Publications Posted on: July 26, 2006
In many North American forests, post-European settlement fire suppression efforts have resulted in the excessive accumulation of forest fuels and changes to the historic fire regime, thereby increasing the risk of catastrophic wildfires (Cooper 1960; Dodge 1972; Covington and Moore 1994).