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Keyword: prescribed fire

Soil properties in fire-consumed log burnout openings in a Missouri oak savanna

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Downed logs are known to increase species diversity in many forest ecosystems by increasing resource and structural complexity and by altering fire behavior in fire-prone ecosystems. In a frequently burned oak savanna in central Missouri, combustion of downed logs formed patches that have remained free of herbaceous vegetation for more than 3 years.

Effects of prescribed fire on nutrient pools and losses from glades occurring within oak-hickory forests of central Kentucky

Publications Posted on: April 23, 2016
Forest openings, also known as glades, arise through a variety of mechanisms including disturbance (fire and blow downs) and local variation in soil or bedrock geology. They are common in many forest types and are often dominated by locally rare herbaceous species. Prescribed burning is increasingly used as a management approach for maintaining glades although little is known about the effects of fire on these habitats.

RxCADRE: a collaborative interdisciplinary project in fire research

FS News Posted on: February 23, 2016
An interdisciplinary team of 90 scientists worked collaboratively from 2008-2012 on a fire research project called the Prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiment (RxCADRE). Together, they conducted large-scale interdisciplinary field experiments before, during and after active burning periods of prescribed fires.

Management of prairie dog colonies for grassland sustainability

Projects Posted on: February 11, 2016
Researchers and collaborators at the Rocky Mountain Research Station Albuquerque Lab have pursued several lines of research to better manage prairie dog colonies in the Southwest. The research team developed a novel approach to estimate density of prairie dogs, assessed mechanisms of prairie dog expansion, and explored the role of fleas, an important element of the plague lifecycle, in initiating and perpetuating plague outbreaks.

Pre-fire and post-fire surface fuel and cover measurements collected in the southeastern United States for model evaluation and development - RxCADRE 2008, 2011 and 2012

Publications Posted on: January 21, 2016
A lack of independent, quality-assured data prevents scientists from effectively evaluating predictions and uncertainties in fire models used by land managers. This paper presents a summary of pre-fire and post-fire fuel, fuel moisture and surface cover fraction data that can be used for fire model evaluation and development.

The Cascabel watershed study

Projects Posted on: January 04, 2016
The Cascabel watershed study was initiated in 1999 by Rocky Mountain Research Station Scientists as part of the Southwestern Borderlands Ecosystem Management Project. The study is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project to determine the effects of cool season and warm season prescribed burning on an oak-savanna ecosystem common to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Fire and fire-surrogate study: Soil moisture availability

Projects Posted on: December 15, 2015
Forests in the western United States are more dense and have more down fuels now than under historic conditions, mostly due to anthropogenic influences such as grazing and fire-suppression. Managers have recognized this problem and have acted to reduce stem density and fuels by thinning, burning, and/or fuel treatments. This Fire and Fire-Surrogate (FFS) study evaluates prescribed fire, thinning, and various mechanical treatment methods for treating, removing, or using woody biomass.

Managing for Wildfire Every Single Day of the Year

Lab Notes Posted on: December 09, 2015
Managing for Wildfires Every Single Day of the Year Posted by Carita Chan, U.S. Forest Service Research & Development, on May 29, 2015

Wildfire Hazard Potential (WHP) for the conterminous United States (270-m GRID), version 2014 classified

Datasets Posted on: November 24, 2015
Federal wildfire managers often want to know, over large landscapes, where wildfires are likely to occur and how intense they may be. To meet this need we developed a map that we call wildfire hazard potential (WHP) – a raster geospatial product that can help to inform evaluations of wildfire risk or prioritization of fuels management needs across very large spatial scales (millions of acres).