DATE & TIME
April 24, 2013; 10-11:30am MDT
Mike Battaglia, Terrie Jain, and Russ Graham - USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
Prescribed fire is one tool used for treating fuels and achieving natural resources objectives in dry mixed conifer forests. However, the use of fire is never straightforward and always contains elements of uncertainty and complexity. The process is far more complex than using other treatment techniques due to the element of uncertainty. With invited fire practitioners, we will focus on critical aspects of prescribed fire planning, implementation, and monitoring. We also will discuss unique situations that favor specific post-fire outcomes. For example, if minimizing large tree mortality is an objective or if prescribed fire is used to manage regeneration. We will provide a suite of management options and a process to determine if extra steps need to be taken to favor success.
DISCUSSION & READING
An hour of the webinar will be dedicated to a discussion for everyone to share ideas and ask questions. As a primer, you may be interested in reading chapter 9 in A comprehensive Guide to Fuel Management Practices for Dry Mixed Conifer Forests in the Northwestern United States.