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Forests at risk: integrating risk science into fuel management strategies

Author(s): Jonathan Thompson
Year Published: 2008

The threat from wildland fire continues to grow across many regions of the Western United States. Drought, urbanization, and a buildup of fuels over the last century have contributed to increasing wildfire risk to property and highly valued natural resources. Fuel treatments, including thinning overly dense forests to reduce fuel and lower fire risk, have become a priority for land managers. Planning fuel treatments on public lands is a complicated problem. Treatments must address multiple management objectives that are often conflicting and burdened with regulatory constraints.

Citation: Thompson, Jonathan. 2008. Forests at risk: integrating risk science into fuel management strategies. Science Findings 102. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 5 p.
Topic(s): Fuels, Fuel Treatments & Effects, Risk, Risk assessment, Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 11089
FRAMES RCS number: 11122
Record updated: Mar 5, 2019