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Title: Creating a fuels baseline and establishing fire frequency relationships to develop a landscape management strategy at the Savannah River Site.

Abstract

USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-41. pp 351-366. Abstract—The Savannah River Site is a Department of Energy Nuclear Defense Facility and a National Environmental Research Park located in the upper coastal plain of South Carolina. Prescribed burning is conducted on 15,000 to 20,000 ac annually. We modifi ed standard forest inventory methods to incorporate a complete assessment of fuel components on 622 plots, assessing coarse woody debris, ladder fuels, and the litter and duff layers. Because of deficiencies in south-wide data on litter-duff bulk densities, which are the fuels most often consumed in prescribed fires, we developed new bulk density relationships. Total surface fuel loading across the landscape ranged from 0.8 to 48.7 tons/ac. The variables basal area, stand age, and site index were important in accounting for variability in ladder fuel, coarse woody debris, and litter-duff for pine types. For a given pine stand condition, litter-duff loading decreased in direct proportion to the number of burns in the preceding thirty years. Ladder fuels for loblolly and longleaf increased in direct proportion to the years since the last prescribed burn. The pattern of fuel loading on the SRS reflects stand dynamics, stand management and fire management. It is suggested that themore » Forest Inventory and Analysis Program can easily modify sampling protocols to incorporate collection of fuels data.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
USDA Forest Service, Savannah River, New Ellenton, SC
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE - Office of Environmental Management (EM)
OSTI Identifier:
896219
Report Number(s):
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06-15-P; TRN: US200721%%119
DOE Contract Number:  
AI09-00SR22188
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-41.; Conference: Fuels Management - How to Measure Success, March 28-30, 2006
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; BULK DENSITY; FORESTS; MANAGEMENT; PINES; FORESTRY; FIRES; Fire; landscape management; Savannah River Site

Citation Formats

Parresol, Bernard R, Shea, Dan, and Ottmar, Roger. Creating a fuels baseline and establishing fire frequency relationships to develop a landscape management strategy at the Savannah River Site.. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Parresol, Bernard R, Shea, Dan, & Ottmar, Roger. Creating a fuels baseline and establishing fire frequency relationships to develop a landscape management strategy at the Savannah River Site.. United States.
Parresol, Bernard R, Shea, Dan, and Ottmar, Roger. Wed . "Creating a fuels baseline and establishing fire frequency relationships to develop a landscape management strategy at the Savannah River Site.". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/896219.
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abstractNote = {USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-41. pp 351-366. Abstract—The Savannah River Site is a Department of Energy Nuclear Defense Facility and a National Environmental Research Park located in the upper coastal plain of South Carolina. Prescribed burning is conducted on 15,000 to 20,000 ac annually. We modifi ed standard forest inventory methods to incorporate a complete assessment of fuel components on 622 plots, assessing coarse woody debris, ladder fuels, and the litter and duff layers. Because of deficiencies in south-wide data on litter-duff bulk densities, which are the fuels most often consumed in prescribed fires, we developed new bulk density relationships. Total surface fuel loading across the landscape ranged from 0.8 to 48.7 tons/ac. The variables basal area, stand age, and site index were important in accounting for variability in ladder fuel, coarse woody debris, and litter-duff for pine types. For a given pine stand condition, litter-duff loading decreased in direct proportion to the number of burns in the preceding thirty years. Ladder fuels for loblolly and longleaf increased in direct proportion to the years since the last prescribed burn. The pattern of fuel loading on the SRS reflects stand dynamics, stand management and fire management. It is suggested that the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program can easily modify sampling protocols to incorporate collection of fuels data.},
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year = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006}
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