Dr Louise Loudermilk (former DE&L member, now USFS Center for Forest Disturbance Science) will act as PI on a project entitled "Outcomes Prioritization on Fuel Treatment Placement in Extreme Fire Weather in 3 CFLRP Landscapes" which was just selected as one of 11 funded by JFSP! Dr Scheller and Dr Matt Hurteau (Penn State) will act as Co-PIs and lead individual modeling efforts. This work will focus specifically on landscapes associated with the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP)*, with the goal of helping to optimize the efficacy of fuel treatments under extreme fire weather to create more resilient landscapes. The largest of the 3 selected study landscapes falls within the Malheur National Forest of central Oregon, which is an exciting addition to the Western US study areas that the DE&L lab has been working in of late. Congrats to all involved, and way to go Louise!
*In a somewhat related plug, if you would like to know more about the CFLRP program in Oregon, DE&L Masters student Brent Summers will be giving his MEM presentation on the topic in late May. Details for that will be provided closer to the presentation.