Vegetation Monitoring

Fuels reduction and fire regime restoration are two of the primary goals of both the Forest Landscape Restoration Act (FLRA) and the Southwestern Crown Collaborative (SWCC). The SWCC proposal identifies the goal "within the WUI [Wildland-Urban Interface], reduce the risk of wildfire by removing fuels, especially small-diameter trees, while maintaining forest structure to protect ecosystem components”. The SWCC is also trying to restore forest processes that are currently under-represented in the landscape, compared to historical conditions, including low and mixed-severity fire regimes. Maintaining and promoting the growth of the large tree component, which is also under-represented, across the landscape is another focus. Finally, controlling and eradicating weeds is emphasized. The Vegetation Working Group is using multiple projects to answer questions about the effectiveness of these treatments at multiple scales. Current Monitoring Projects: