There is widespread interest in understanding the effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating the trajectory of wildfire suppression costs and how their effectiveness and longevity can be extended over large areas and landscapes. To date, there have been several studies that used a modeling approach to evaluate fuel treatment effectiveness at the landscape scale. However, empirical studies at this scale are rare because landscape-scale fuel treatment strategies have not been fully implemented or wildfires have not burned through implemented landscape fuel treatments. A thorough evaluation of what is currently available in the literature and lessons learned from forest and rangeland managers has not yet been conducted.
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How do landscape fuel treatments:
From the literature synthesis and manager interviews, the team will develop a research agenda/strategy for fuel treatment effectiveness. The strategy will include identification of primary knowledge gaps, a research strategy to overcome these shortcomings, and recommendations for moving fuel treatment planning to application