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Fuel Treatment Effects in Ponderosa Pine - Douglas-fir

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Fuel treatment effects in ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forests: 17 Years after the Fire-Fire Surrogate Study

This field tour will visit one of the National Fire-Fire Surrogate Study Sites at the University of Montana’s Lubrecht Experimental Forest. This study, initiated in 1999, evaluates the effects of thinning and burning treatments in fire-adapted ponderosa pine-mixed conifer forests. We will discuss short and mid-term treatment effects, including stand dynamics, fuel treatment longevity, potential fire behavior, bark beetle activity, and soil productivity. 
 

Presenters

  • Sharon Hood, Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station - Fire, Fuel and Smoke Science Program
  • Chris Keyes, Research Professor of Silviculture, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
  • Carl Fiedler, Research Professor of Silviculture, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
  • Tom DeLuca, Dean and Professor, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and COnservation, University of Montana
  • Cory Cleveland, Professor of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
  • Diana Six, Professor of Forest Entomology/Pathology, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
  • Kerry Metlen, Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ilana Abrahamson, Supervisory Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station - Fire, Fuel and Smoke Science Program
  • Justin Crotteau, Graduate Student, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

The field tour will open with brief background and topic discussions in the lecture hall at Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Next, we'll head out into the treatment units to see and discuss the effects of burned, thinned, and thinned+burned treatments on a variety of forest characteristics. 

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Optional lodging is available at Lubrecht Experimental forest. Click here for more information. 

Northern Rockies Fire Science Network is partnering with the University of Montana's W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, U.S. Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Research Station, and Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station.