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Data for National Fire and Fire Surrogate study: environmental effects of alternative fuel reduction treatments

Comprised of 12 sites nationwide, the Fire and Fire Surrogates study (FFS) is a comprehensive interdisciplinary experiment designed to evaluate the economics and ecological consequences of alternative fuel reduction treatments in seasonally dry forests of the United States. The FFS deploys a common experimental design across the 12-site network, with each site consisting of a fully replicated experiment that compares four treatments: an un-manipulated control, prescribed fire, mechanical treatments, and mechanical + fire. Measurements include vegetation (trees, shrubs, grasses, forbs), fuels (forest floor, features of the living vegetation, and dead wood of various sizes), soil properties (chemical and physical properties of the forest floor and mineral soil), wildlife (birds, small mammals, herps), and bark beetles. While the FFS study did have an economics component, these data were not included for several reasons: data were too highly variable, based on market conditions, variability in practices and use of machines, and the extent to which each project was subsidized.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-121.89 47.47, -82.24 47.47, -82.24 27.18, -121.89 27.18))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
The Fire and Fire Surrogate network includes 12 sites in 10 states: Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Ohio.
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Temporal Coverage
January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2006
Contact Name
McIver, James
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service
Harvested from Forest Service
Harvest Source TitleForest Service
Harvest Source URIhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/rdaoaipmh/o
Last Harvest PerformedSat, 01/18/2020 - 15:18

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U.S. Forest Service