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Forests at risk: integrating risk science into fuel management strategies.Author(s): Jonathan Thompson
Source: Science Findings 102. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 5 p
Publication Series: Science Findings
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionThe threat from wildland fire continues to grow across many regions of the Western United States. Drought, urbanization, and a buildup of fuels over the last century have contributed to increasing wildfire risk to property and highly valued natural resources. Fuel treatments, including thinning overly dense forests to reduce fuel and lower fire risk, have become a priority for land managers. Planning fuel treatments on public lands is a complicated problem. Treatments must address multiple management objectives that are often conflicting and burdened with regulatory constraints.
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CitationThompson, Jonathan. 2008. Forests at risk: integrating risk science into fuel management strategies. Science Findings 102. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 5 p
KeywordsRisk management, fire risk, fuel treatments
- Estimation of wildfire size and risk changes due to fuels treatments
- Ecological risk assessment to support fuels treatment project decisions
- ArcFuels: an ArcMap toolbar for fuel treatment planning and wildfire risk assessment
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