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FIVE CREEKS RANGELAND RESTORATION PROJECT. FALL 2008 Burns District, BLM. FIVE CREEKS. Points to Cover Where is 5 Creeks? When did implementation begin? Who is involved in the project? How is the project being implemented? Why 5 Creeks?. Project Location. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation




FIVE CREEKSPoints to CoverWhere is 5 Creeks?When did implementation begin?Who is involved in the project?How is the project being implemented?Why 5 Creeks?2

Project Location

Project Area: 73,386 Acres (53,738 public & 19,648 private)Elevation: 4200 7000 ftImplementation Period: 7-10 years3FIVE CREEKSNorth End of Steens MountainThree Rives Resource AreaCooperative Management and Protection Area (NLCS)

Project CharacteristicsLandscape Level TreatmentsRestoration of rangelands encroached by western juniperMulti-year commitmentProjects included adjacent private landsHelped to reduce costAssisted private land owners in meeting land management objectivesProjects coordinated with interested other agencies and groupsODFWSoil and Water Conservation DistrictHarney County Watershed CouncilUSFWS

Healthy Lands InitiativeFive Creeks Rangeland RestorationManaging natural resources for multiple use with flexible, landscape-level approaches.A landscape level project treating across boundaries on public and private landRestore and maintain healthy landscapesRestoring sagebrush and riparian habitat to healthy & productive conditions.Characterized by broad scale and accelerated paceTreat 73,386 acres over a 8-10 year time frame.Partnerships are integralPartnerships are integral6Timeline6 Phases

Unit 1 (South)6,151 acres

5, 650 acres BLM & 500 acres Private LandPublic and Private Treated Simultaneously

2007/Summer Project Layout, Clearances2008 Grazing Rest2008/Fall Broadcast Burn2008/Fall Cut Creeks2009 Grazing Rest2009/Winter/Spring Jackpot Burn Creeks2010 Grazing Rest7

Unit 2 15,556 acres9,000 acres BLM & 6,580 acres Private Land6 PhasesTimeline2007 - 20118

Unit 312,270 acres9,200 acres BLM & 3,060 acres Private LandTimelineSix Implementation Phases2008 - 20129TimelineSix Implementation Phases

10FIVE CREEKSWhos Involved?Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Harney County Watershed CouncilHarney County Soil and Water Conservation DistrictRoaring Springs RanchOtley Bros, IncMann Lake RanchSteens Mountain RanchRiddle Ranches, IncRiddle/Blitzen Working GroupSteens Mountain Advisory CouncilEastern Oregon Agricultural Research Station USDA/Agricultural Research ServiceOregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Harney County CourtGreat Basin Restoration InitiativeFIVE CREEKSWhats being DoneReduce the cover and density of western juniper across the project areaMountain Big SagebrushQuaking AspenRiparian AreasBitterbrushMountain MahoganyImprove forage productionLivestockRocky Mountain ElkMule DeerWild HorsesPronghornReduce Accumulation of hazardous fuelsNaturalActivity

FIVE CREEKSHow Is the Project being Implemented?Number of treatments are being utilized to achieve the project objectivesCuttingComplete CutsPartial CutsBurningBroadcastJackpotSeeding

FIVE CREEKSJuniper CuttingUnits layout based on type of cuttingFull CutsPartial CutsFIVE CREEKSPrescribed FireJackpot BurningBroadcast Burning

FIVE CREEKSComplexity HighOriginal Analysis Indicated ModerateLarge Contingency AreaSeveral Opportunities For ControlChanged to HighAdjacent Landowners Not ParticipatingLarge Amounts of Black-liningAviationFIVE CREEKSLOWDESIREDHIGHTemperature3050-7785Relative Humidity5420-3012Midflame Wind Speed24-1212Wind DirectionAnyAnyAny1-Hour FM7-115-9310-Hour FM8-126-104100-Hour FMNANANA1000-Hour FMNANANALive FMNANANAFIVE CREEKSDeveloping the RxHistoric Weather for Time of YearBlended Fuel Model to Predict Fire BehaviorFlame Length Below Ability to Control Based on Cut JuniperFIVE CREEKSResources RequiredRXB1RXFBCREW2 STL/TFL3 Type 4 ENG3 Type 6 ENG2 TATRA/Tenders (used 4)2 ATVs w/ Bean Sprayers4 UTVs w/ Tanks and PumpsResource Advisor on site

Need Neighbors HelpFIVE CREEKSCamped on SiteReduced Travel TimeIncreased Crew SafetyFeed CrewsToiletsShuttle Supplies

FIVE CREEKSJackpot BurningBlackliningUnit IgnitionDrip TorchesATV TorchesHelitorchHolding

FIVE CREEKSPost Fire ManagementLivestock Grazing Two growing season in burned areaWeeds Management InventoriesSpot treatmentsMonitoring

FIVE CREEKSSuccess?ImplementationPlant Community ResponseAnimal Response

FIVE CREEKSPrevious ProjectsCutting and burning results in greatest reductions in juniperPost-fire vegetation responsePlant cover increases 2-3xQuaking Aspen Suckering IncreasesBitterbrush Seedling Establishment VariableWeedsJackpot Burning too late in spring results in thistle increaseSheet120072008200920102011201220132014Unit #sprsummerfallsprsummerfallsprsummerfallsprsummerfallsprsummerfallsprsummerfallsprsummerfallsprsummerfallUnit 2cutcut remainderlayout leks treatmentjackpot old cutsrest (Roaring Sprs Alt Forage)broadcastCut creeksCut Lekscut & pile mahoganyjackpot lekspile burn mahoganyjackpot creeksrest (Roaring Springs alt forage)rest (Roaring Springs alt forage)Unit 3LayoutClearancescutrest (Alkali)broadcastcut creekscut mahoganyrest (Alkali)jackpot creekspile burn mahoganyrest (alkali or roaring springs)Unit 4Layout North and SouthClearancesClearcut 4 NorthVariable Cut 4 SouthJackpot Old CutsRest 4 SouthBroadcast 4 SouthJackpot 4 Northrest 4 Southrest 4 Northrest 4 SouthUnit 5cut uplands & creeksrest 5 (Alkali or Roaring Springs)broadcastjackpot creeksrest (Alkali or Roaring Springs)rest (Alkali or Roaring Springs)Unit 6cut uplands & creeks(cleanup)rest 6 (Alkali or Roaring Springs)broadcast (if needed)jackpotrest (Alkali or Roaring Springs)rest (if needed)