The Resource Rule-based mapping of fire-adapted vegetation and fire regimes for the Monongahela National Forest, Melissa A. Thomas-Van Gundy, Gregory J. Nowacki, Thomas M. Schuler

Rule-based mapping of fire-adapted vegetation and fire regimes for the Monongahela National Forest, Melissa A. Thomas-Van Gundy, Gregory J. Nowacki, Thomas M. Schuler

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Rule-based mapping of fire-adapted vegetation and fire regimes for the Monongahela National Forest
Title
Rule-based mapping of fire-adapted vegetation and fire regimes for the Monongahela National Forest
Statement of responsibility
Melissa A. Thomas-Van Gundy, Gregory J. Nowacki, Thomas M. Schuler
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The use of prescribed fire is expected to increase as efforts to restore fire-dependent ecosystems gain momentum nationally. The documentation of historical fire regimes is essential for setting restoration objectives that include prescribed burning. To aid the Monongahela National Forest in this endeavor, a rule-based approach was employed in GIS to map fire-adapted vegetation and fire regimes. Spatial analyses and maps were generated using ArcMap 9.1 using the proclamation boundary of the Monongahela National Forest as our study area. Based on current knowledge of fire-vegetation-site relationships, we reviewed available data sets for relevancy in estimating fire regimes. Four themes were selected: landtype association, potential natural vegetation (primary and secondary), and current forest type. All themes were converted to 20 m2 grids. Selected features of each theme were scaled from 1 through 5 according to their relationship to fire, with 1 representing conditions most conducive to fire and 5 the least. Each theme was weighted to reflect its inferred effect on system fire adaptation. The resulting fire adaptation scores were then categorized into standard fire regime groups. Fire regime group V (200+ yrs fire frequency) was the most common, assigned to more than 510,000 ha, primarily in the Allegheny Mountains Section. Fire regime group I (low & mixed severity, 0-35 yrs) and III (low & mixed severity, 35 -200 yrs) were assigned to nearly 198,000 ha, primarily in the Ridge and Valley Section and one subsection within the Allegheny Mountains Section. The resultant maps are intended to identify fire-adapted systems for land management purposes. These systems likely will require active silviculture using fire and/or fire surrogates for their maintenance or restoration. The transparent rule-based procedure can be easily modified and, as such, possesses the flexibility for application to other ecosystems with similar spatial databases
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ORE
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Thomas-Van Gundy, Melissa A
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Nowacki, Gregory J.
  • Schuler, Thomas M
  • United States
Series statement
General technical report NRS
Series volume
12
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  • Fire ecology
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Fire resistant plants
  • Fire management
Label
Rule-based mapping of fire-adapted vegetation and fire regimes for the Monongahela National Forest, Melissa A. Thomas-Van Gundy, Gregory J. Nowacki, Thomas M. Schuler
Link
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS88500
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Publication
Note
  • "August 2007."
  • Title from Web page (viewed on Nov. 1, 2007)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 19-24)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17578899
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
24 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from the Forest Service web site. Address as of 12/06/07: http://nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr%5Fnrs12.pdf ; current access is available via PURL
Label
Rule-based mapping of fire-adapted vegetation and fire regimes for the Monongahela National Forest, Melissa A. Thomas-Van Gundy, Gregory J. Nowacki, Thomas M. Schuler
Link
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS88500
Publication
Note
  • "August 2007."
  • Title from Web page (viewed on Nov. 1, 2007)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 19-24)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17578899
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
24 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from the Forest Service web site. Address as of 12/06/07: http://nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr%5Fnrs12.pdf ; current access is available via PURL

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