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New! Vegetation-Fire-Owl Project

posted Jun 22, 2012, 11:04 AM by   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 8:12 AM ]
Note:  Our web site has launched! [July 6, 2012]

Dr. Scheller has joined the Vegetation-Fire-Owl project as a co-PI, tasked with leading the vegetation and fire modeling efforts.  Other team members include
Erik Haunreiter (OSU), Paul Hessburg (USFS), Rebecca Kennedy (USFS), John Lehmkuhl (USFS), Bruce Marcot (USFS), Martin Raphael (USFS), Peter Singleton (UW), and Tom Spies (USFS, OSU).

The team is assessing the compatibility of fuel treatments, wildfire risk, and conservation of Northern Spotted Owl habitats and populations in
the eastern Cascades of Oregon and Washington.  Our research is being conducted in the Deschutes National Forest, OR  and Wenatchee/Okanogan National Forest, WA within the Northwest Forest Plan area.

Specific Objectives include:
1.  Quantify and map current large wildfire risk to Northern Spotted Owl habitat and the spatial pattern of risk with respect to existing forest structure.
2. Determine short-term effects of management compatible with the Northwest Forest Plan and local forest plans.
3. Characterize long-term potential dynamics in distribution of NSO habitat and populations under various fuel management and conservation design scenarios, for policymakers and managers.