Classic 2012 research briefs, upcoming webinar, new research, IFTDSS workshop, upcoming events
January 2013 Newsletter
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Classic CFSC Research Briefs

Start off your new year by brushing up on some classic California fire science - this sampling of some of the CFSC's research briefs from 2012 will help:

Basic Principles of Forest Fuel Reduction Treatments.
Agee, J.K., C.N. Skinner. 2005. Basic principles of forest fuel reduction treatments. Forest Ecology and Management 211: 83-96. Article full text

Ecology of mixed-severity fire regimes.
Perry, D.A., P.F. Hessburg, C.N. Skinner, T.A. Spies, S.L. Stephens, A.H. Taylor, J.F. Franklin, B. McComb, and G. Riegel. 2011. The ecology of mixed severity fire regimes in Washington, Oregon, and northern California.  Forest Ecology and Management, 262: 703-717. Article full text

Interactions among wildland fires in a long-established Sierra Nevada natural fire area.
Collins B.M., J.D. Miller, A.E. Thode, M. Kelly, J.W. van Wagtendonk, and S.L. Stephens. 2009.  Interactions among wildland fires in a long-established Sierra Nevada natural fire area. Ecosystems 12:114-128. Article full text

PSW-GTR-220: An ecosystem management strategy for Sierran mixed-conifer forests.
North, Malcolm, Peter Stine, Kevin O’Hara, William Zielinski, and Scott Stephens. 2009. An ecosystem management strategy for Sierran mixed-conifer forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-220. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 49 p. Article full text

Forest fuel reduction treatments do a lot of good and not a lot of harm. September 2012.
Stephens, Scott L.; McIver, James D.; Boerner, Ralph E.J.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Fontaine, Joseph B.; Hartsough, Bruce R.; Kennedy, Patricia L.; and Dylan W. Schwilk. 2011. Effects of forest fuel-reduction treatments in the United States. Bioscience 63:549-560. Article full text

Fuel treatment effectiveness in California yellow pine and mixed conifer forests
Safford, H.D., J.T. Stevens, K. Merriam, M.D. Meyer, and A.M. Latimer. 2012. Fuel treatment effectiveness in California yellow pine and mixed conifer forests. Forest Ecology and Management 274: 17-28. Article full text

Managing Mediteranean forests under a changing climate.
September 2011. Stephens, S.L., C.I. Millar, and B.M. Collins. 2010. Operational approaches to managing forests of the future in Mediterranean regions within a context of changing climates. Environmental Research Letters 5:1-9. Article full text

Very Limited Age-Dependent Burning in Chaparral.
Moritz, M. A. 2003. Spatiotemporal analysis of controls on shrubland fire regimes: age dependency and fire hazard. Ecology 84:351-361. Article full text

Do 1% of Fires Cause 99% of the Acres Burned?
Strauss, D., L. Bednar, and R. Mees. 1989. Do one percent of forest fires cause ninety-nine percent of the damage? Forest Science 35:319-328. Article full text

Type-converting Chaparral is Bad for Biodiversity.
Keeley, J.E. 2005. Fire as a threat to biodiversity in fire-type shrublands, pp 97-106. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report, PSW-GTR-195. Article full text

Non-resprouting Chaparral is Decimated by Repeated Fires.
Jacobsen, A.L., S. D. Davis, and S. L. Fabritius. 2004. Fire frequency impacts non-sprouting chaparral shrubs in the Santa Monica mountains of southern California, [no pagination]. In M. Arianoutsou and V.P. Panastasis (eds), Ecology, Conservation and Management of Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems. Millpress, Rotterdam, Netherlands.  Article full text

Model Forecasts of a Seasonal Shift in Santa Ana Winds.
Miller, N. L. and N. J. Schlegel. 2006. Climate change projected fire weather sensitivity: California Santa Ana wind occurrence. Geophysical Research Letters 33:L15711. Article full text

Balancing the Carbon Costs and Benefits of Fuels Management. (Research synthesis)
Chiono, Lindsay. 2011. California Fire Science Consortium and UC Berkeley Wildland Fire Science Laboratory.

New research

Miller, J.D., and H. Safford. 2012. Trends in wildfire severity: 1984 to 2010 in the Sierra Nevada, Modoc Plateau, and southern Cascades, California, USA. Fire Ecology 8(3): 41-57. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803041

Krasnow, K.D., A.S. Halford, and S.L. Stephens. Aspen restoration in the eastern Sierra Nevada: effectiveness of prescribed fire and conifer removal. Fire Ecology 8(3): 104-118. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803104.

Holl, S.A., V.C. Bleich, B.W. Callenberger, and B. Bahro. 2012. Simulated effects of two fire regimes on bighorn sheep: the San Gabriel Mountains, California, USA. Fire Ecology 8(3): 88-103. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803088

Gabrielson, A.T., A.J. Larson, J.A. Lutz, and J.J. Reardon. 2012. Biomass and burning characteristics of sugar pine cones. Fire Ecology 8(3): 58-70. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803058

WERC USGS brief for: van Mantgem, Phillip J, JCB Nesmith, M Keifer, M Brooks. 2012. Tree mortality patterns following prescribed fire for Pinus and Abies across the southwestern United States. Forest Ecology and Management 289: 463-469. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.09.029

Fire News

Upcoming USFS webinar

10am PT, January 22nd, 2013
Integrating ecological and social landscapes to evaluate resilience in fire‐prone ecosystems
Tom Spies ‐ Research Forester, Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

Upcoming events

Sierra Cascades Dialog Session: Science Synthesis and Bioregional Assessment - January 24-25, 2013, location and details TBD

California Fire Sace Council - Wildfire Prevention & Education Conference - January 30, 2013, Anderson, CA

Southern Sierra Nevada Change Adaptation Workshop - February 20-22, 2013, Visalia, CA

Registration open for 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference - Feb. 18-22, 2013, Raleigh, NC

Western Wildfire Conference: A conference on communities, forests and wildfire - April 10-13, 2013.  Kelowna, BC

IFT-DSS Workshop in April

** There are still a few spots open for this - sign up soon if interested!

Interested in attending a free training workshop for the new Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System? The CFSC is working with JFSP and Sonoma Technologies, the developers of the platform, to host a half-day workshop in mid April 2013 in the Sacramento area.

Email if you are interested in the workshop. Space will be limited and is based on a first-come basis. More information about the date and location will be available in the coming months.

Learn more about IFT-DSS

CFSC Activity Summary - give your input!

View the CFSC Activity and Outreach Summary for the 2012 fiscal year.

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