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Alan Ager

Alan Ager
Research Forester
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801
United States
Current Research
Landscape disturbance-management interactions, forest management scenario modeling, socioeconomic and ecological tradeoffs in forest restoration, variability and uncertainty in future fire regimes
  • University of Washington, Ph.D., Forest Genetics, 1987
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, M.S., Genetics, 1982
  • University of Washington, B.S. Forest Science, Forest Science, Forest Management, 1978
Awards & Recognition
  • USDA Forest Service Chief's Award, 2020
    Development and application of the fireshed registry and scenario planning tools
  • USDA Undersecretary's Honor Award, 2020
    Development and application of the fireshed registry and scenario planning tools
  • USDA Forest Service Chief's award, 2019
    Science contributions to the Forest Service Shared Stewardship Initiative. Presented by Chief Vickie Christiansen.
  • USDA Secretary's Honor Award , 2019
    Science contributions to the Forest Service Shared Stewardship Initiative Presented by Secretary Sonny Perdue.
  • Outstanding Performance Award, 2019
    Commitment to agency initiatives and innovative solutions are of high impac, presented by Sara Brown, Program Manager, Fire, Fuels and Smoke, Missoula Fire Science Lab.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, USDA Office of the Secretary, 2019
    In recognition of your participation in USDA’s 2019 Agricultural Outlook forum, “Growing locally, selling globally”. Presented by Under Secretary James Hubbard.
  • Certificate of Merit and Outstanding Performance Award, 2018
    In appreciation of your scenario investment planning tool and fireshed concepts
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Wildfires Know No Boundaries

Year: 2019
The USDA Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station recently released a new General Technical Report Cross-boundary Wildfire and Community Exposure: A Framework and Application in the Western U.S. (GTR-392). The publication describes the development and application of a framework to assess cro...

Fire as a tool

Year: 2018
Landscape-scale forest restoration programs that incorporate managed wildfire and prescribed fire lead to more pronounced reductions in fire severity in frequent-fire forests.

Assessing the Impacts of Federal Forest Planning on Wildfire Risk Mitigation in the Pacific Northwest

Year: 2016
In the western U.S., a presumed factor contributing to the transmission of fire from national forests to the wildland urban interface (WUI) are designated conservation reserves where mechanical fuels treatments are either prohibited or highly restricted. To probe this assumption, Forest Service scie...

The Landscape Treatment Designer Leads to Optimal Restoration Scenarios

Year: 2015
The Landscape Treatment Designer can be used at a range of scales to prioritize management activities and understand policy tradeoffs associated with specific restoration goals. The work quantifies tradeoffs and conflicts associated with multi-faceted restoration programs on national forests. Unders...