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Biomass Flow in Western Forests: Simulating the Effects of Fuel Reduction and Presettlement Restoration Treatments

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Abstract:

Fuel treatment silviculture and the resulting long-term flow of biomass were examined using data from selected western stands. An uneven-aged management regime with reserve trees was modeled, using a canopy closure of 40 percent for the dominant trees as a target and a harvest cutting cycle of 20 years. Fuel reduction treatments in currently overstocked stands resulted in an initial peak of removal for the first and second cutting cycles. Yields stabilized in subsequent cutting cycles. Removal of some large reserve trees was crucial for maintaining stand structure and fire resilience.

Keywords: environmental management; fire; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; modeling; natural resource management; natural resources; silviculture; thinning

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Forest Engineer Forest Engineering Department, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich 2: Forest Ecologist and Head Ecosystem and Plant Sciences Section, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008 Oak Ridge, TN, 37831-6036, grahamrl@ornl.gov 3: Research Silviculturist Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado

Publication date: 2001-10-01

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