Watershed Analysis, Forest Management Planning and Fire/Fuels Modeling

Fields Spring State Park Forest Health Plan, Washington State Parks – 2013

A forest health assessment and management plan was designed for this 830 acre state park in SE Washington. The plan examined vegetation, fuels and fire behavior and effects and synthesized results into a strategy to restore for resiliency in this popular state park.

Willamette Confluence Forest Stewardship Plan, The Nature Conservancy – 2011

A forest management plan was designed for a 1,200-acre parcel in Lane County, Oregon. Services included road inventory, permanent vegetation inventory and noxious weed mapping which was incorporated into overarching plan to enhance oak woodlands, prairies and riparian
habitats.

Sogge Habitat Restoration Plan, Long Tom Watershed Council – 2010

A plan was completed for a 64-acre private parcel in Lane County containing Douglas-fir forest, oak woodland and savanna. Thinning, spraying, burning and seeding treatments designed in this plan were implemented in 2010.

Margerum Habitat Stewardship Plan, Columbia Land Trust – 2010

A habitat stewardship plan was designed on a 300-acre Klickitat County, Washington parcel purchased to conserve riparian habitat for salmonids, and upland lands for at-risk wildlife including Lewis’s woodpecker. Plan focused on enhancement of oak and pine woodlands, prairies and riparian habitats.

I-90 Properties Forest Stewardship Plans, Cascade Land Conservancy – 2010

Developed a comprehensive forest stewardship plan for eight properties in the Central Cascades of Washington, covering 1,500 acres. Stewardship planning for this ownership focused on recovery of federally-listed wildlife, long-term road management strategies to reduce
impacts to aquatic resources and silvicultural design to accelerate wildlife habitat development for at-risk species.

Highland Forest Stewardship Plan, Columbia Land Trust – 2010

Developed a forest stewardship plan for an 80-acre property in the Columbia Gorge of Washington. Stewardship planning for this ownership focused on recovery plans for federally listed wildlife, fuels reduction, and reforestation of farmlands.

Swamp Lake Forest Stewardship Plan, Trust for Public Land – 2009

Developed a forest stewardship plan for the Swamp Lake Forest, a 70-acre private ownership in the Central Cascades of Washington. Stewardship planning for this ownership focused on recovery plans for federally-listed wildlife species.

Little White Salmon River Habitat Stewardship Plan, United States Fish and Wildlife – 2009

Developed a forest management plan for the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery, a 400-acre private ownership in the Columbia Gorge, Skamania County, Washington. The property contains both mature Douglas-fir forests and oak and pine woodlands and is within the
Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Stewardship planning included thinning prescriptions to accelerate late successional forest conditions, removal of noxious weeds and restoration of oak habitats.

Glaze Forest Restoration Project, USDA Forest Service, Deschutes National Forest – 2009

Developed silvicultural prescriptions to restore structural conditions in old growth ponderosa pine Watershed Analysis, Forest Management Planning and Fire/Fuels Modeling stands and accelerate development of mature forest characteristics in young ponderosa pine stands on 1,000 acres of USFS land, adjacent to Black Butte, east of Sisters, Oregon. An approach termed “mosaic thinning” was designed and applied on these lands. Forest Service marking crews were trained to layout these complex prescriptions.

Rowena/Catherine Creek Harvest Systems Analysis, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, USFS – 2007

A harvest systems feasibility analysis was completed for the USFS, on 10,500 acres of highly sensitive lands within the Scenic Area.

Upland Habitat Enhancement Plans, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, private landowners – 2006

A planning process was completed on properties in both Lane and Linn Counties designing habitat enhancement treatments to restore remnant ponderosa pine and oak savannas, riparian forest, and upland prairies using a combination of herbicides, prescribed fire thinning and native plant establishment.

Jicarilla-Apache Fire/Fuels Analysis, Jicarilla- Apache Agency BIA – 2006

Completed a fire risk analysis using FLAMMAP within a 14,276-acre planning area on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Stands at high risk of high intensity/severity fire were identified and treatments to reduce potential losses to timber, wildlife, and watershed resources were
prescribed. A vegetation classification system was developed to help identify gamble oak plant communities. This image classification procedure synthesized satellite image data with field and ancillary data derived principally from Geographic Information System (GIS) coverages. A supervised classification strategy was adopted to create the vegetation map based on vegetation community types. Object-oriented classification methods were used to separate vegetation types. The image object map was converted into polygons which were imported into a feature dataset in ArcGIS. Landfire and field collected data were used in FLAMMAP to analyze fire behavior.

Little White Salmon Biodiversity Preserve Forest Stewardship Plan, Chenowith Farm and Forest Conservancy and Columbia Land Trust – 2005

Developed a forest management plan for the Little White Salmon Biodiversity Reserve, a 200-acre private ownership in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania County, Washington. Stewardship planning for this ownership included thinning prescriptions to accelerate late successional forest conditions, removal of noxious weeds, and restoration of oak habitats while meeting requirements of scenic area rules.

Gill Habitat Restoration Plan, McKenzie River Trust – 2005

A comprehensive strategy of treatments and monitoring was designed on this 200-acre Douglas County, Oregon ownership to restore oak and pine savannas, expand native grasslands for a number of at-risk species including the Columbia white-tailed deer, white breasted nuthatch, and western pond turtle.

Miesen Upland Habitat Management Plan, Private Landowner – 2005

A planning process was completed on this 300-acre parcel, near Eugene, Oregon. Services included vegetation and rare plant surveys, weed mapping, followed by design of silvicultural prescriptions to enhance remnant ponderosa pine and oak savannas, riparian habitat, and upland prairies.

Metolius Preserve Forest Stewardship Plan, Deschutes Basin Land Trust – 2004

Completed a comprehensive forest stewardship plan for the 1,200-acre Metolius Preserve, a diverse landscape of ponderosa pine and riparian forest at the base of Black Butte, near Sisters, Oregon. The plan integrates a forest restoration strategy to convert stands to unevenaged structure, protect viewsheds and habitat corridors, facilitate recreation and restoration of sockeye salmon and steelhead runs to Lake Creek and Suttle Lake. Wildlife habitat, forest growth and structural development and fire risk/behavior models were used to assess conditions under
a range of management scenarios. Silvicultural pathways to achieve desired targets were designed and an implementation plan developed.

Forest Stewardship Plan, Private Landowner – 2003

Prepared an integrated forest stewardship plan for a 30-acre family property in eastern Lane County, Oregon.

Bandon Watershed Forest Stewardship Plan, City of Bandon, Oregon – 2003

Prepared a stewardship plan for the City of Bandon to develop a forest management strategy to maintain/improve water quality on public lands contained in the municipal watershed.

Pistol River Watershed Assessment, Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon- 2002

Prepared the Vegetation Analysis Section of the Pistol River Watershed Assessment. This chapter synthesized historic and current vegetation data, historic range of variability analyses, fuel and fire severity models, threatened and endangered species recovery plans, and other keystone
indicator species management mandates into a comprehensive forest restoration plan. Recommendations included silvicultural prescriptions designed to restore key ecosystem processes and functions at both stand and landscape levels. The Stand Visualization System (SVS) was used to project stand development pathways under different management scenarios for illustrative purposes in the document.

Lagunas Bonitas Forest Stewardship Plan, Trust for Public Land and New Mexico State Forestry Division – 2002

Developed a forest stewardship plan for the 39,000-acre Lagunas Bonitas Ranch in Northern New Mexico. The ranch was the state of New Mexico’s pilot partnership with the USFS’s Forest Legacy Program. Forests across the ranch have been highly degraded due to fire suppression and past timber harvest. The plan focused on restoration of range and mixed conifer forest ecosystems and development of compatible grazing and forest harvest systems.

Forest Management Plan, Confidential Client, Portland Oregon – 2001

Developed a forest management plan for a 3,000-acre private ownership south of Newport Oregon. The plan focused on young plantation and mixed conifer second growth forest management to accelerate old forest conditions and reduce Swiss Needle Cast disease, while providing investment return from periodic timber harvest.

Stump Springs Environmental Assessment, Utah Dixie National Forest, Sub-contractor to David Evans and Associates – 2001

Prepared an EA for a prescribed burn on a 7,000-acre watershed on the Escalante Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest. This analysis synthesized historic and current vegetation data, historic range of variability, fuel and fire severity models, threatened and endangered species recovery plans, and other keystone indicator species management mandates to guide management planning. Recommendations included specific burn prescriptions designed to
restore key ecosystem processes and functions at both stand and landscape levels.

Malheur Watershed Assessment, Malheur National Forest, David Evans and Associates – 2000

Prepared the Vegetation Analysis Section of the Malheur River Headwaters Watershed Assessment. This analysis synthesized historic and current vegetation data, historic range of variability analyses, fuel and fire severity models, threatened and endangered species recovery
plans to guide management planning. Recommendations included silvicultural prescriptions designed to restore key ecosystem processes and functions at both stand and landscape levels.

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