Burney-Hat Creek Basins Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project Monitoring

 

Monitoring is integral to the success of the Burney-Hat Creek Basins Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) Project. Forest Service managers and stakeholders use monitoring to measure progress toward restoration goals, objectives, and desired conditions; identify ways to improve project design and implementation; and assess the ecological impacts on resources of concern. Monitoring is also an essential tool for demonstrating and communicating successes, as well as areas in need of improvement, to stakeholders involved in the collaborative process.

 

In 2014, the Burney-Hat Creek multiparty monitoring working group (MMWG) set out to build upon these efforts by providing a more cohesive, overarching monitoring framework. This framework was developed by the Burney-Hat Creek MMWG over a three year period. The intent of this strategy is to provide questions that are focused, practical, and feasible to implement, and will also produce meaningful outcomes. It is our overarching goal that this strategy will be a springboard for development of collaborative monitoring partnerships, where resource specialists and stakeholders have strong ownership in the monitoring process.

 

Monitoring Strategy Objectives

  • Develop questions with measurable indicators and meaningful outcomes

  • Build a feasible monitoring program that can be implemented

  • Incorporate flexibility to adapt to new opportunities (unforeseen questions) and altered conditions (e.g. fires, drought, tree mortality)

  • Focus on questions that are important learning opportunities, don’t monitor just to monitor

  • Reduce redundancy; don’t waste time doing something that we already know the answer to another group is monitoring

Monitoring Briefs

The Effect of Forest Thinning on Pond Breeding Amphibians

Does Fire Maintain a Mosaic of Bunchgrass and Bitterbrush in a Mesic Meadow System?

Monitoring Vanilla Grass Response to Overstory Removal

Does Fire Promote Lodgepole Establishment in a Mesic Meadow System?

Monitoring Wildfire Effect, Phenology and Longevity of Baker's Globe-mallow

Wildfire Risk Within the Burney Hat-Creek Basin

Managing Hydrologic Responses to Forest Management Treatments

Investigating the Effects of Post-fire Salvage Logging on Soils in the Southern Cascades

Impacts of Forest Thinning on Understory Microclimate

Seasonal Changes in Ponderosa Pine Water Source Depth and Impacts of Forest Thinning

Impacts of Forest Thinning on Radial Tree Growth in Large Ponderosa Trees

Assessing Black Oak Habitat Characteristics for Rare Olive-Thorn Lichen

Masters Theses