Measuring Forest Restoration Effectiveness in Reducing Hazardous Fuels

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Forest restoration treatments of thinning young trees followed by prescribed burning in north-western Arizona led to significantly lower stand density, lower crown fuel load, and higher crown base height than untreated stands. Simulated fire under extreme weather conditions caused 48 percent more canopy burning and higher flame lengths, heat/area, and rate of spread in untreated stands. Wind speeds required for passive crown fire (torching) were twice as high in treated stands. Treated stands were highly heterogeneous, but restoration treatments clearly enhanced crown-fire resistance.

Keywords: environmental management; fire management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; prescribed burning; thinning

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor Ecological Restoration Institute and School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, PO Box 15018 Flagstaff, AZ, 86011, pete.fule@nau.edu 2: Research Specialist Ecological Restoration Institute and School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, PO Box 15018 Flagstaff, AZ, 86011 3: Regents' Professor Ecological Restoration Institute and School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, PO Box 15018 Flagstaff, AZ, 86011 4: Ecologist USDI National Park Service, Anchorage, Alaska

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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