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This two-year project creates about 50 jobs to work on the watershed-level prioritization of fuel treatments in Oregon, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona.

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  • 1. ARRA Integrated Fuels Prioritization Project
    IMAP User Group Presentation
    February 17, 2010
    Janine Salwasser, INR project coordinator
  • 2. Project intent
    To create/retain ~ 50 jobs
    To support watershed-level prioritization of fuel treatments by estimating restoration potential and understanding treatment effects throughout Oregon, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona by December 2011
  • 3. Targeted users
    Primary users are: planners, analysts, and land managers at regional, state, and watershed levels
    Secondary users are: scientists, policymakers, and large-area land owners
    Our intent is that the tools, data, and information from this project
    can be used well beyond its two-year scope.
  • 4. Questions to be addressed
    What are the conditions and trends of forest fuels?
    What are the conditions and trends of key habitats?
    Will management activities have economic benefits?
    Which watersheds should managers prioritize for restoration to reduce critical fuels, improve wildlife habitats, generate revenues, and provide community benefits?
    How may climate changes impact watershed prioritizations?
  • 5. ARRA Integrated Fuels Prioritization Project Overview
    Oversight Team
    Hemstrom(lead), Barbour, Gaines, Tesch, Kagan, McComb, Triepke, Weisz
    IMAP User Group OR/WA
    Project intent: to create/retain jobs and support watershed-level prioritization of fuel treatments by estimating restoration potential and understanding treatment effects throughout Oregon, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona by December 2011.
    Washington Office contacts group
    Project Advisors:
    NM/AZ advisors
    Project Coordinator
    Janine Salwasser
    Science Delivery Modules
    Jimmy Kagan
    Knowledge Discovery Modules
    Brenda McComb
    Using Existing Knowledge
    Developing New Knowledge
    Wildlife Habitat Anita Morzillo
    Fire & Fuel Characterizations Jessica Halofsky
    Fuel Treatment Finances Xiaoping Zhou
    Spatial Data - Jimmy Kagan (lead) Joe Bernert (coordinator)
    Community Economics Claire Montgomery
    Climate Change Jessica Halofsky
    Fire Probabilities & Climate Change Rebecca Kennedy
    Watershed Gordie Reeves
    VDDT Modeling Josh Halofsky (lead) Emilie Grossmann (coordinator)
    EMDS System Sean Gordon
    Optimized Decision Support System- Michael Wing
    Deliverables
    Data and models: new statewide spatial data, new VDDT models, Knowledge Discovery module outputs
    Integrated analysis: maps, tables, graphs, and other decision support system outputs
    Reports and publications: General Technical Reports, white papers, journal articles, theses and dissertations
    Web tools: Decision support tools, project website, data/models/documents archive
    2/15/09
  • 6. Project products
    Science Delivery Module Products
    Knowledge Discovery Module Products
    New analyses, maps, reports, data for current and future conditions based on different management scenarios:
    • Wildlife habitats across OR, WA, AZ, NM
    • 7. Fire and fuel characteristics across OR, WA, AZ, NM
    • 8. Fuel treatment financials across OR, WA, AZ, NM
    • 9. Community economics across OR, WA
    • 10. Climate change in OR, AZ prototype areas
    • 11. Aquatic conditions in OR, WA mixed ownership watersheds
    Spatial data sets for OR, WA , AZ, NM:
    • Potential Natural Vegetation (PAG)
    • 12. Current Vegetation (GNN)
    • 13. Standardized Management/Ownership Allocations
    Developing New Knowledge
    Using Existing Knowledge
    New state & transition models (VDDT):
    • Western Washington forest lands
    • 14. AZ and NM non-federal forest lands
    • 15. OR, WA, AZ, NM shrublands and grasslands
    • 16. Integrated analysis (maps, tables, graphs):EMDS outputs, integrated and optimized decision support system outputs, NetMap outputs
    • 17. Reports and publications: General Technical Reports, white papers, journal articles, theses and dissertations
    • 18. Web tools:Accessible decision support tools, project website, data/models/document archive
    2/15/09
  • 19. Project prototype areas
    Central Washington Landscape Area
    Modules: wildlife habitat, community economics,
    fire &fuels, treatment finances, watersheds
    Central Oregon Landscape Area
    Modules: climate change, fire probabilities & climate change, community economics
    Apache-Sitgreaves Natl. Forest
    Modules: wildlife habitat,
    fire &fuels, treatment finances
  • 20. Examples of VDDT outputs
    Comparing the percentage of different structures across the entire landscape under A) current management, and B) no-management other than fire suppression.
    Average available biomass by ownership in selected watersheds
  • 21. Example of EMDS output
    Improved Wildlife Habitats
    Community Economics
    (+) Treatment Revenues
    Fuel Reductions
    Increased Water Supply
    Priority watersheds for fuel treatments
  • 22. 2010
    2011
    1st Q
    2nd Q
    3rd Q
    4th Q
    1st Q
    2nd Q
    3rd Q
    4th Q
    Agreements in Place
    Prototype Data
    All Spatial Data Ready
    VDDT Models Ready
    Scenario Results Available
    Knowledge Discovery Module Methods Finished & Tested
    Knowledge Discovery Module Results Finished
    Decision Support Modules Results Finished Integrated Analyses
    Project Reporting Finished
    Start-up
    Model development
    Run models
    Connect interpretations
    Integrate findings
    Final reporting
    Rev. 2/9/10
  • 23. Expected project outcomes
    • Inform watershed restoration decision-making
    • 24. Support Forest Plan revisions
    • 25. Support statewide assessments and bioregional plans
    • 26. Promote other collaborative landscape assessments
    • 27. Demonstrate value of annual vegetation updates
    • 28. Create capacity to address priority public agency issues over large landscapes, such as
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