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Modeled forest inventory data suggest climate benefits from fuels management

Author(s):

Theresa B. Jain
Jonathan Sandquist

Year:

2013

Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Source:

Fire Management Today. 73(2): 11-14

Description

As part of a recent synthesis addressing fuel management in dry, mixed-conifer forests we analyzed more than 5,000 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots, a probability sample that represents 33 million acres of these forests throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and extreme northern California. We relied on the BioSum analysis framework that integrates several models to evaluate the economics of treating fuels by using 13 different mechanical fuel treatments per plot. We are extending this analysis to explore the carbon dynamics associated with these fuel treatments and to share a conceptual model and preliminary results.

Citation

Fried, Jeremy S.; Jain, Theresa B.; Sandquist, Jonathan. 2013. Modeled forest inventory data suggest climate benefits from fuels management. Fire Management Today. 73(2): 11-14.

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/45817