Management Scenario

You are a Fuels Technician on the Idaho City Ranger District, Boise National Forest, about 30 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho. In this scenario you will use IFTDSS to plan a hazardous fuels reduction project.

Through observation and based on Forest Plan direction, you see a need for some sort of fuels reduction treatment in the mixed conifer stands in Granite Creek drainage, approximately 4 miles east of Idaho City. The area hasn’t been treated in decades and the understory and surface fuels could contribute to uncharacteristically intense fire behavior. This would not only pose a hazard to the community of Idaho City and adjacent private land, but also cause undue mortality in this fire-adapted low elevation Ponderosa pine ecosystem that thrives on frequent but low severity fires.

Your objectives are to:

  • Reduce surface fuel loading and the overall horizontal and vertical fuelbed continuity to reduce the fire hazard to adjacent private land and the community of Idaho City
  • Return low intensity fire to fire adapted vegetation communities.
  • Locate areas where our actions will be most effective
  • Evaluate what type of treatment will help achieve these objectives
  • Demonstrate the need for treatment, both quantitatively and spatially, to members of your district interdisciplinary (ID) team.

You'll use IFTDSS to plan a treatment around these objectives.

granite creek is about 26 miles northeast from Boise Idaho

In the following sections this tutorial will cover:

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