Category: General Publications
Title: Measuring Forest Restoration Effectiveness in Reducing Hazardous Fuels
Author: * Fule, P.Z. , * Waltz, A.E.M. , * Covington, W.W.
Subject: Ecological Restoration, Fuels, Management, Tree thinning, Prescribed burns
Abstract: Forest restoration treatments of thinning young trees followed by prescribed burning in northwestern Arizona led to significantly lower stand density, lower crown fuel load, and higher crown base height than untreated stands. Simulated fire under extreme weather conditions caused 48 percent more canopy burning and higher flame lengths, heat/area, and rate of spread in untreated stands. Wind speeds required for passive crown fire (torching) were twice as high in treated stands. Treated stands were highly heterogeneous, but restoration treatments clearly enhanced crown-fire resistance.
Source: Journal of Forestry
Publisher: Society of American Foresters, http://www.safnet.org/