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Using landscape-based decision rules to prioritize locations of fuel treatments in the boreal mixedwood of western Canada. 2006. Parisien, M.-A.; Junor, D.R.; Kafka, V. Pages 221-236 in P.L. Andrews and B.W. Butler, compilers. Proceedings RMRS-P-41: Fuels Management-How to Measure Success, March 28-30, 2006, Portland, Oregon, USA. USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26363

Language: English

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Abstract

This study used a rule-based approach to prioritize locations of fuel treatments in the boreal mixedwood forest of western Canada. The burn probability (BP) in and around Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan was mapped using the Burn-P3 (Probability, Prediction, and Planning) model. Fuel treatment locations were determined according to three scenarios and fi ve fuel treatment intensities. Fuel treatments were located according to jurisdictional boundaries and BP; BP only; and nonfl ammable landscape features, BP, and fuel treatment orientation. First, a baseline BP map was created from the original fuel grid. Fuel treatments were then added to the grid and BP maps produced for each combination of scenario and treatment intensity. BP values for the treated landscapes were compared with those of the baseline BP map. Results varied substantially among scenarios and treatment intensities. Locating fuel treatments as a function of the jurisdictional boundaries and BP yielded the lowest reduction in BP. Results suggest that clumping fuel treatments within a limited area or using landscape features to maximize the large-scale spatial benefi ts of the fuel treatments can signifi cantly reduce landscape-level BP. Although these two strategies may produce similar overall reductions in BP, their appropriateness and utility depend on management objectives.