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Stewardship and fireshed assessment: a process for designing a landscape fuel treatment strategy.Author(s): Bernhard Bahro; Klaus H. Barber; Joseph W. Sherlock; Donald A. Yasuda
Source: Restoring fire-adapted ecosystems: proceedings of the 2005 national silviculture workshop, Gen. Tech. Rep PSW-GTR-203, p. 41-54
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionNatural resource land managers today face a difficult challenge of developing a cohesive fuels and vegetation management strategy that addresses the widely acknowledged wildfire threat. Treatments must also be compatible with a wide variety of other land management goals, such as managing for wildlife habitat, watersheds, and forest health. In addition, funding will always be a limiting factor for management of public lands; managers will always have to prioritize and strategize where funding provides the most benefits. Stewardship and Fireshed Assessment (SFA) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative process for designing and scheduling fuels and vegetation management treatments across broad landscapes to help natural resource managers balance goals for reducing potential for large, severe wildland fires with other ecological and social goals. The approach for modifying landscape-scale fire behavior (how large it gets, where it burns, and how severely it affects communities, habitats, and watersheds) is anchored in the concept that, by using a carefully designed pattern of treatment areas, managers can treat a fraction of the landscape to achieve intended modifications in wildland fire behavior. The SFA process uses existing data, robust assumptions, and data models in a geographic information system to provide a rapid assessment that informs land managers and the public on the trade-offs of different management strategies. The SFA process implements the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" model of the Forest Service’s Environmental Management System. Using the concepts of active learning, this type of assessment is designed to increase public participation and understanding of forest management and develop support for forest restoration. Ultimately, it is hoped that active public dialog will help garner advocacy for a balance of active and passive management, and hopefully, reduce controversy and conflict regarding individual hazardous fuel projects.
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CitationBahro, Bernhard; Barber, Klaus H.; Sherlock, Joseph W.; Yasuda, Donald A. 2007. Stewardship and fireshed assessment: a process for designing a landscape fuel treatment strategy. Restoring fire-adapted ecosystems: proceedings of the 2005 national silviculture workshop, Gen. Tech. Rep PSW-GTR-203, p. 41-54
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