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Title: Integrating Fuel Treatments into Comprehensive Ecosystem Management

Author: Hyde, Kevin; Jones, Greg; Silverstein, Robin; Stockmann, Keith; Loeffler, Dan;

Date: 2006

Source: In: Andrews, Patricia L.; Butler, Bret W., comps. 2006. Fuels Management-How to Measure Success: Conference Proceedings. 28-30 March 2006; Portland, OR. Proceedings RMRS-P-41. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 549-561

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Description: To plan fuel treatments in the context of comprehensive ecosystem management, forest managers must meet multiple-use and environmental objectives, address administrative and budget constraints, and reconcile performance measures from multiple policy directives. We demonstrate a multiple criteria approach to measuring success of fuel treatments used in the Butte North Strategic Placement of Treatments (SPOT) pilot project. Located in the Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forests, Montana, the project addresses multiple issues: altered wildlife habitat affecting sensitive species, grassland conversion to forest, an insect epidemic, water resource concerns, wildland-urban interface development, and wildland fire management. Managers are working with researchers to develop dynamic landscape management strategies. They employ multiple modeling approaches to conduct an integrated assessment of ecological and resource issues relative to multiple management scenarios. Besides evaluating effects of proposed treatments on changes to fire behavior, they also evaluate effects on wildlife habitat, disturbance processes, water quality and economics of treatment alternatives. The intent is to effectively integrate fuel management with Forest Plan goals and comprehensive ecosystem management. This approach offers a structure to use multiple criteria to evaluate success of fuel management activities in the context of other resource objectives.

Keywords: fire, fire ecology, fuels management, fuel treatments, comprehensive ecosystem management, Butte North Strategic Placement of Treatments (SPOT), dynamic landscape management strategies

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Hyde, Kevin; Jones, Greg; Silverstein, Robin; Stockmann, Keith; Loeffler, Dan 2006. Integrating Fuel Treatments into Comprehensive Ecosystem Management. In: Andrews, Patricia L.; Butler, Bret W., comps. 2006. Fuels Management-How to Measure Success: Conference Proceedings. 28-30 March 2006; Portland, OR. Proceedings RMRS-P-41. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 549-561

 


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