All proposals submitted under this task statement must directly address at least one of the following questions, and have a high likelihood of producing information useful to managers:
Â· TREATMENT COSTS - What are the costs associated with different treatment types and retreatment intervals and how do costs vary with significant environmental factors such as topography, presence of industry, developed areas and infrastructure, etc.? What treatment regimes meet fire behavior objectives in a cost-effective manner?
Â· AVOIDED WILDFIRE COSTS AND THE COSTS OF WILDFIRE CONSEQUENCES - How do the costs of implementing various wildland fire suppression strategies compare to fuel treatment costs? Are treatment costs justified by avoidance of resource impacts, or avoidance of other harm to communities and human populations?
Â· RETURN ON INVESTMENTâ€“ To what extent are fire behavior and undesirable wildfire effects reduced, for different levels of investment, and for what expected period of time? What is the expected decay of effectiveness over time following fuel treatments, by vegetation type, by climate conditions and by fuel treatment method and intensity?
Â· INFLUENCE OF SCALE - How do the temporal and spatial scales of fuels treatment implementation influence cost effectiveness? How do the effects of multiple treatments implemented over space and time influence cost effectiveness?
Â· PROGRAMMATIC SCALE - How can measures of cost effectiveness be portrayed at the landscape level, and at a national level? What analytical tools can be used to document and demonstrate the cumulative benefits at the treatment levels up to a landscape or regional level, and then to the national level?