Fire in Forests at the Landscape Scale
Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent on vegetation treatments, with the stated goals of ecological restoration and reducing fire hazard. In many parts of the western US, these are reasonable goals, but often fuels-related treatments are based on untested assumptions or misperceptions. In many other ecosystems, it is not even clear how far fire regimes are from their natural ranges of historical variation. There is an urgent need for science-based guidance on this topic, and there are important opportunities for greater collaboration and leadership within this thematic area. Key projects under this core research area are the Fire and Fire Surrogate study, the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project, and Carbon sequestration, fire hazards, and forest management.