Comparing potential fuel treatment trade-off models

Systems Analysis in Forest Resources.
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Edited by: Greg Arthaud and Tara M. Barrett



Understanding the trade-offs between short-term and long-term consequences of fire impacts on ecosystems is needed before a comprehensive fuels management program can be implemented nationally. We are evaluating 3 potential trade-off models at 8 locations in major U.S. fuel types. We present results of the initial testing of the 3 selected models/modelling approaches and a 4th model on the Bitterroot National Forest (BNF) in western Montana. The selected models/modelling approaches were 1) the Fire Emissions Trade-off Model (FETM), 2) sequential use of the SIMPPLLE and MAGIS models, 3) the Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool (VDDT), and 4) the LANDscape Succession Model (LANDSUM). We simulated 3 fuel treatments over 50 years: 1) no action, 2) prescribed burning in ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir types at 2 different rates, and 3) timber harvesting that returns the stand to a reproduction stage. Simulation results for all models suggested that the acreage of Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine types would not be appreciably altered by the fuel treatments. Most models suggested the harvest treatment would reduce area burned by wildfire and smoke emissions; some models suggested the prescribed fire treatment would reduce wildfire acreage. All models suggested that the harvest treatment would reduce acreage of pole-size trees; some models suggested the fire treatment would increase acreage of sapling-size trees.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Comparing potential fuel treatment trade-off models
Series title Systems Analysis in Forest Resources.
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-0307-9_2
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Systems analysis in forest resources
First page 15
Last page 26
Conference Title Eighth Symposium
Conference Location Snowmass Village, Colorado, United States
Conference Date September 27-30, 2000
Country United States
State Montana
Other Geospatial Bitterroot National Forest
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