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Recovery and diversity of the forest shrub community 38 years after biomass harvesting in the northern Rocky Mountains

Publications Posted on: June 23, 2016
We investigated the long-term impact of biomass utilization on shrub recovery, species composition, and biodiversity 38 years after harvesting at Coram Experimental Forest in northwestern Montana. Three levels of biomass removal intensity (high, medium, and low) treatments combined with prescribed burning treatment were nested within three regeneration harvest treatments (shelterwood, group selection, and clearcut).

Modeling fuel treatment impacts on fire suppression cost savings: A review

Publications Posted on: December 16, 2015
High up-front costs and uncertain return on investment make it difficult for land managers to economically justify large-scale fuel treatments, which remove trees and other vegetation to improve conditions for fire control, reduce the likelihood of ignition, or reduce potential damage from wildland fire if it occurs.

Science You Can Use Lunch Date: Burgeoning Biomass

Events Posted on: December 03, 2014
 Webinar: The Restoration Economy: Cost-benefit Analyses and Payments for Ecosystem Services. December 4, 2014, 11:00 - 12:30 (Mountain). This is the next in the Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series

Efficient ethanol production from beetle-killed lodgepole pine using SPORL technology and Saccharomyces cerevisiae without detoxification

Publications Posted on: August 29, 2011
This study applied Sulfite Pretreatment to Overcome Recalcitrance of Lignocelluloses (SPORL) to evaluate the potential of mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine for ethanol production using conventional Saccharomyces cerevisiae without hydrolysate detoxification.

Use of financial and economic analyses by federal forest managers for woody biomass removal

Publications Posted on: February 10, 2011
This study was sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program to understand and enhance the ability of federal land managers to address financial and economic (F&E) aspects of woody biomass removal as a component of fire hazard reduction. Focus groups were conducted with nearly 100 federal land managers throughout the western United States.

Biomass utilization opportunities to achieve diverse silvicultural goals

Publications Posted on: February 09, 2011
Silviculturists and ecologists may recommend land management prescriptions that are designed to be resilient to changing climatic conditions. When considering biomass utilization opportunities that may result from climate-change treatments, it really doesn’t matter what species mix or stocking levels are to be retained: if there are trees that need to be harvested, there will usually be opportunities for utilizing woody biomass.

Sustainable development through biomass utilization: A practical approach

Publications Posted on: October 31, 2008
(Please note, this is an abstract only) This paper is for folks involved in community development efforts targeted towards biomass utilization. Our approach to evaluate the potential for establishing enterprises that utilize locally available forest resources is tailored specifically to the needs of the local community. We evaluate the: 1.

Be a change agent and change the strategy

Publications Posted on: February 02, 2007
I was invited to speak at this conference on the subject of disasters and the relative importance of wildfires because of the breadth of my experience. The fact that I currently manage a flight school gives me an outside perspective of wildland fire and fuels management.

1st Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference: Fuels Management-How to Measure Success

Publications Posted on: February 02, 2007
The 1st Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference: Fuels Management -- How to Measure Success was held in Portland, Oregon, March 28-30, 2006. The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) initiated a conference on this timely topic primarily in response to the needs of the U.S. National Interagency Fuels Coordinating Group (

Evaluation of silvicultural treatments and biomass use for reducing fire hazard in western states

Publications Posted on: September 27, 2006
Several analyses have shown that fire hazard is a concern for substantial areas of forestland, shrubland, grassland, and range in the western United States. In response, broadscale management strategies, such as the National Fire Plan, established actions to reduce the threat of undesirable fire. Available budgets are insufficient to pay for vegetative management on all acres where fire threat is considered unacceptable.