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Title: Applying management modeling to assess the feasibility of accelerating landscape restoration on federal forests in Eastern Oregon

Author: Loreno, Sara; Fried, Jeremy S.; Yost, Andrew.;

Date: 2015

Source: In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8–10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 260-265.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: The state of Oregon recently invested in exploring options for increasing the extent of forest restoration activity. This initiative aims to reduce the incidence, effects, and expense of catastrophic fire events and restore economic stability to rural communities by enhancing the supply of raw materials for wood processing facilities and wood-based, renewable energy producers, particularly in the comparatively xeric, eastern two-thirds of the State. Collaborating with PNW-FIA and Portland State University, the Oregon Department of Forestry evaluated current levels of fire hazard as embodied in multiple metrics, assessed the effectiveness of a broad suite of fuel treatment-focused silvicultural prescriptions in achieving resilient forest stands, assessed the wood production potential of landscape restoration, and assessed treatment longevity for northeast Oregon, especially on federal forests. We developed a four-decade simulation, using BioSum 5 (dynamic), with 1,365 forested FIA plots in the northeastern corner of the state and 32 multi-decade sequences of silvicultural prescriptions applied, via FVS-FFE, to all plots where applicable. We estimated treatment costs using the R-based OpCost model, and treatment effectiveness based on multiple stand metrics selected to represent different dimensions of forest resilience, including crown fire potential, predicted mortality and fire intensity. The policy-relevant findings and technical insights developed via this modeling effort are presented.

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Loreno, Sara; Fried, Jeremy S.; Yost, Andrew. 2015. Applying management modeling to assess the feasibility of accelerating landscape restoration on federal forests in Eastern Oregon. In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8–10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 260-265.

 


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