Funded Research Projects: FOREST ECOLOGY

Quantifying the Effects of Variable Density Retention Salvage Logging on Forest Structure, Fuel Succession and Wildfire Behavior

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: Ernesto Alvarado
Project Description
We will remeasure/establish on very large and extreme wildfires a replicated long-term project to quantify treatments at varying levels of salvage logging, seedling planting, and herbicide application to address the following research questions: 1) What are the effects of salvage logging on stand structure and fine-and coarse-woody fuels and future fire behavior wildfire behavior (i.e., flame lengths, rate of spread, reaction intensity)? 2) Do treatments affect overall shrub and seedling regeneration and promote invasion by non-native species? 3) What are the effects of herbicide application on shrub regeneration? 4) How does different spacing of planted tree regeneration affect stand development (i.e., tree survival and growth) and resilience to future fires? 5) Do post-fire salvage logging and planting in large, severe wildfires allow to maintain productivity and create a forest more resilient to future severe fires and climate change?