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Fuel management in forests of the Inland West

Publications Posted on: January 12, 2010
Recent estimates indicate that nearly 40.5 million ha (100 million ac) of forest lands that were historically burned by frequent surface fires in the west

Fire regimes and ecoregions

Publications Posted on: January 12, 2010
The public land management agencies are phasing in a radically new approach to land management.

Introduction to synthesis of current science regarding cumulative watershed effects of fuel reduction treatments

Publications Posted on: January 12, 2010
This report was produced by a group of scientists who were invited by the U.S.

Cumulative watershed effects of fuel management in the western United States

Publications Posted on: January 11, 2010
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.

Historical and modern roles of fire in pinyon-juniper

Publications Posted on: July 07, 2009
Fire history investigations were carried out in three widely separated Great Basin pinyon-juniper woodlands in east-central Nevada, southeastern Oregon and northwestern Nevada, and western Nevada. Study results suggested frequent fires on deep soils that produced an abundance of fine fuels and infrequent fires on shallow soils and rocky sites where fuels were sparse.

Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the Interior West; 1997 September 15-18; Provo, UT

Publications Posted on: July 07, 2009
A symposium held September 15-18,1997, in Provo, UT, and Sanpete County, UT, provided information on the ecology, management, resource values, and restoration of pinyon-juniper communities in the Interior Western United States. The conference was hosted by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in cooperation with personnel from other agencies and organizations.

Evaluating the effectiveness of contour-felled log erosion barriers as a post-fire runoff and erosion mitigation treatment in the western United States

Publications Posted on: January 20, 2009
Between 1998 and 2002, six sites were established immediately after large wildfires in the western United States to determine the effectiveness of contour-felled log erosion barriers in mitigating post-wildfire runoff and erosion. In each pair of matched, burned, and small watersheds (1-13 ha), one was treated with contour-felled log erosion barriers and one was left untreated as a control.

Tri Community Watershed Initiative: Towns of Black Diamond, Turner Valley and Okotoks, Alberta, Canada Promoting Sustainable Behaviour in Watersheds and Communities

Publications Posted on: March 06, 2007
For the past two years, three rural municipalities in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies have been working together to promote sustainability in their communities. The towns share the belief that water is an integral part of the community; they have formed a Tri Community Watershed Initiative to help manage their shared resource.

Watershed scale impacts of buffers and upland conservation practices on agrochemical delivery to streams

Publications Posted on: July 24, 2006
Conservation buffers are designed to reduce sediment and agrichemical runoff to surface water. Much is known about plot and field scale effectiveness of buffers; but little is known about their - watershed scale impact. Our objective was to estimate the watershed scale impact of grass buffers by comparing sediment and agrichemical losses from two adjacent 141 - 165 hectare watersheds, one with conservation buffers and one without.

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