Category: Ecological Research
Title: Fact Sheet: Evaluating treatment effectiveness following the 2014 San Juan Fire, White Mountains, Arizona
Author: * Roccaforte, J.P.
Subject: San Juan Fire
Abstract: The San Juan Fire burned 6,975 acres of ponderosa pine/mixed conifer forest on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) between June 26 and July 5, 2014 (Reidy 2014). The fire burned through an area where restoration treatments had recently been implemented as part of study established by Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute and the ASNF (Roccaforte et al. 2015; Roccaforte 2015). In the study, we compared ecological conditions in full restoration (thinning based on historical spatial patterns plus prescribed burning), burn-only (prescribed fire without thinning), and untreated control units, and found that the full restoration treatment was the only one that rap-idly shifted forest structure, diameter distributions, and canopy fuels values to levels near or within the his-torical reference conditions (see Roccaforte et al. 2015). The San Juan Fire burned portions of five of the study units
Type: Fact Sheet
Source: ERI - Fact Sheet
Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute