Since 1994, uncharacteristic wildfires have burned close to 50 percent of the Boise National Forest, and in 2016, the Pioneer Wildfire burned approximately 190,000 acres. This adaptive management-science project provides an opportunity to evaluate ecological, social, and economic aspects associated with creating different forest conditions through mechanical and prescribed fire methods.
The project will examine a range of conditions that represent low, medium, and high spatial diversity in vegetation structure and composition created by prescribed fire, commercial, and non-commercial vegetation treatments across 11,584 acres split between the Boise National Forest and the Boise Basin Experimental Forest (BBEF). Terrie Jain (RMRS) has developed treatment parameters using a robust experimental design. To accomplish the pre-treatment analysis, researchers will examine and develop marking guides in upland dry conifer forests and riparian conservation areas.
The goals of this partnership are to advance knowledge on landscape-level forest restoration in ponderosa pine forest types, practical riparian fuel treatments, and social and economic effects of different forest conditions. The project will evaluate:
The long-term research and management goals for Boise Basin Experimental Forest and surrounding area are: