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The Hungry Bob fire & fire surrogate study: A 20-year evaluation of the treatment effectsAuthor(s): George McCaskill
Source: Forests. Forests. 10(1):15.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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Better Together: Combined Thinning and Burning Yielded Best Growing Conditions for Ponderosa Pines 20 Years After Treatment
DescriptionThe Hungry Bob fuels reduction project was part of a 12-site National Fire and Fire Surrogate (FFS) network of experiments conducted across the United States from the late 1990s through the early 2000s to determine the regional differences in applying alternative fuel-reduction treatments to forests. The Hungry Bob project focused on restoration treatments applied in low elevation, dry second-growth ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa subsp. ponderosa (Douglas ex C. Lawson) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii subsp. glauca (Beissn.) Franco forests of northeastern Oregon. Treatments included a single entry thin from below in 1998, a late season burn in 2000, a thin (1999) followed by burning (2000), and a no-treatment control. This paper represents results 20 years after treatments and focuses on the treatment effects upon tree diameter growth, crown health, and ladder fuel conditions within the dry eastside stands. The Thin + Burn units produced the best iameter growth in ponderosa pine trees, whereas the Thin units had the best growth for Douglas-fir. The Burn treatment did not improve diameter growth over the Controls. The Thin + Burn treatments also produced trees with the highest tree crown ratios. The Burn unit trees had lower crown ratios compared to the Control trees. The crown reduction (reduction in tree crown ratio since 2004) was largest in the Burn-only units and smallest in the Thin + Burn units. Finally, the heights to the lower tree crowns were highest in the Thin + Burn trees and lowest in the Burn unit trees. Based upon the 20-year responses, the Thin + Burn treatments produced the best conditions for stand growth, while limiting fire stress upon residual tree crowns. It also proved most effective at reducing ladder fuels as represented by higher tree crown heights.
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CitationMcCaskill, George. 2018. The Hungry Bob fire & fire surrogate study: A 20-year evaluation of the treatment effects. Forests. 10(1):15. https://doi.org/10.3390/f10010015.
KeywordsMechanical thinning treatments, prescribed fire, seasonally dry forests, restoration.
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