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Duncan C. Lutes

Fire Ecologist

Address: 
5775 Highway 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
Phone: 
406-329-4761
Fax: 
406-329-4877
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Current Research

Duncan assists managers who are using FEAT/FIREMON Integrated (FFI), FuelCalc, and the First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM) and is working to improve those tools to more effectively serve land managers. He is involved with the 25-year re-measurement of the Lick Creek Demonstration Site in the Bitterroot National Forest.

Crotteau, Justin S.; Hood, Sharon M.; Lutes, Duncan C.; Keyes, Christopher R.; Sala, Anna; Harrington, Michael G. 2018. Management and succession at the Lick Creek Demonstration/Research Forest, Montana. Journal of Forestry. 116: 481-486.

Lutes, Duncan C.; Benson, Nathan C.; Keifer, MaryBeth; Caratti, John F.; Streetman, S. Austin. 2009. FFI: A software tool for ecological monitoring. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18: 310-314.

Research Interests

Duncan's research interests focus on creating tools that assist managers in accomplishing their work. Specifically, he supports ecological monitoring programs and simulation point models of fire effects and fuel treatment effectiveness. He is also incorporating new science into models used by managers and continues to look at innovative ways to deliver software applications to managers. Finally, he is interested in measuring, mapping and modeling fire fuels and transferring the knowledge to managers.

Hood, Sharon M.; Lutes, Duncan C. 2017. Predicting post-fire tree mortality for 12 western US conifers using the First-Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM). Fire Ecology, 13, 66-84.

Lutes, Duncan C.; Hardy, Colin C. 2013. Lodgepole pine bole wood density 1 and 11 years after felling in central Montana. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 28(3): 116-120.

Past Research

Duncan's background is in fuels and development of software applications for land managers.

Keane, Robert E.; Herynk, Jason M.; Toney, Chris; Urbanski, Shawn P.; Lutes, Duncan C.; Ottmar, Roger D. 2013. Evaluating the performance and mapping of three fuel classification systems using Forest Inventory and Analysis surface fuel measurements. Forest Ecology and Management. 305: 248-263.

Sikkink, Pamela G.; Lutes, Duncan C.; Keane, Robert E. 2009. Field guide for identifying fuel loading models. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-225. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 33 p.

Lutes, Duncan C.; Keane, Robert E.; Caratti, John F. 2009. A surface fuel classification for estimating fire effects. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18: 802-814.

Lutes, Duncan C.; Keane, Robert E.; Caratti, John F.; Key, Carl H.; Benson, Nathan C.; Sutherland, Steve; Gangi, Larry J. 2006. FIREMON: Fire effects monitoring and inventory system. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-164-CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 1 CD.

Lutes, Duncan C.; Robinson, Donald C. E. 2003. Chapter 4: Variant descriptions. In: Reinhardt, Elizabeth; Crookston, Nicholas L. (Technical Editors). The Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-116. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 93-202.

Lutes, Duncan C. 2002. Assessment of the line transect method: an examination of the spatial patterns of down and standing dead wood. In: Laudenslayer, William F., Jr.; Shea, Patrick J.; Valentine, Bradley E.; Weatherspoon, C. Phillip; Lisle, Thomas E., tech. coords. Proceedings of the symposium on the ecology and management of dead wood in western forests; 1999 November 2-4; Reno, NV. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-181. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. p. 665-675.

Why This Research is Important

Duncan works to provide research and software applications that help managers meet monitoring mandates and, more importantly, provide science and tools that help people manage lands effectively.

Keane, Robert E.; Dillon, Greg; Drury, Stacy; Innes, Robin; Morgan, Penny; Lutes, Duncan; Prichard, Susan J.; Smith, Jane; Strand, Eva. 2014. New and revised fire effects tools for fire management. Fire Management Today. 73(3): 37-47.

Education

  • University of Montana, Missoula, B.S., Forest Management, 1996
  • University of Montana, Missoula, M.S., Forestry, 1999
  • Featured Publications

    Publications

    Keane II, Robert E.; Dillon, Gregory K.; Drury, Stacy; Innes, Robin J.; Morgan, Penny; Lutes, Duncan C.; Prichard, Susan J.; Smith, Jane; Strand, Eva, 2014. New and revised fire effects tools for fire management
    Keane II, Robert E.; Herynk, Jason M.; Toney, Chris; Urbanski, Shawn P.; Lutes, Duncan C.; Ottmar, Roger D., 2013. Evaluating the performance and mapping of three fuel classification systems using Forest Inventory and Analysis surface fuel measurements
    Lutes, Duncan C.; Keifer, MaryBeth; Benson, Nathan C.; Caratti, John F., 2009. FFI: What it is and what it can do for you
    Lutes, Duncan C.; Keane II, Robert E., 2006. Fuel Load (FL)
    Reinhardt, Elizabeth; Lutes, Duncan C.; Scott, Joe, 2006. FuelCalc: A Method for Estimating Fuel Characteristics
    Lutes, Duncan C.; Keane II, Robert E.; Caratti, John F.; Key, Carl H.; Benson, Nathan C., 2006. How To ... Guide
    Keane II, Robert E.; Lutes, Duncan C., 2006. Integrated Sampling Strategy (ISS) Guide
    Lutes, Duncan C.; Robinson, Donald C. E., 2003. Chapter 4: Variant descriptions
    High-severity wildfire.
    Land managers often need the total number of acres burned broken down by these severity classes for planning after wildfire. To meet this need, Forest Service scientists and their cooperators developed the Fire Severity (FIRESEV) Mapping project, a comprehensive set of tools and procedures that create, evaluate, and deliver fire severity maps for all phases of fire management.
    Lick Creek Demonstration-Research Forest: 25-year fire and cutting effects on vegetation and fuels.