Funded Research Projects: FOREST ECOLOGY

Northeast Washington Vision 2020 vegetation monitoring and implementation

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: Jerry Franklin
Project Description
The Colville National Forest will develop and implement an adaptive monitoring approach to test the efficacy of forest restoration treatments that are part of its Vision2020 project. The strategy includes melding the disciplines of forest ecology and silviculture with fire behavior and fuels modeling. The Colville NF will work with forest ecologists from the University of Washington currently engaged in monitoring efforts within Region 6 to build on regional expertise. These experts will work with Rocky Mountain Research Station fire ecologists and the Colville NF monitoring staff to build a restoration monitoring program that informs prescription development and monitoring outcomes at both landscape and stand scales. The project involves (1) Integrating forest ecology, silviculture, and fire behavior experts to design monitoring plots within Walker and Sherman projects; (2) Assessing LiDAR data needs to enable integration of ground-based monitoring and landscape-scale monitoring; (3) Reference conditions feasibility study in dry and mesic mixed-conifer types; and (4) Workshop to share lessons learned and develop monitoring program for Orient and Sanpoil projects.