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Fuel Treatment Effects in Ponderosa Pine-Douglas-fir Forests: 18 Years after the Lubrecht Fire-Fire Surrogate Study


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The Northern Rockies Fire Science Network is partnering with the 2018 Fire Continuum Conference to organize this half-day field tour that 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-Douglas-fir forests. A unique aspect of the study is that it was heavily impacted by a mountain pine beetle outbreak approximately 5 years after treatment implementation. Presenters will discuss short and mid-term treatment effects, including stand dynamics, fuel treatment longevity, potential fire behavior, bark beetle activity, and soil productivity.

The field tour will start with a brief background of the Lubrecht Experimental Forest and the National Fire-Fire Surrogate study. Then we’ll walk through the treatment units to see and discuss the effects of the four fuel treatments (control, burn-only, thinning-only, and thinning+burn) on a variety of forest characteristics.

Field trip lead: Chris Keyes, Research Professor of Silviculture, University of Montana, W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation; christopher.keyes@umontana.edu

The field trip is currently full - Email office@fireecology.net to get on the waitlist. A full-day field tour to this study site on May 31 still has spaces available - visit the event page here