Improving assessments of fuel treatment effects on surface fuels in ponderosa pine forests of the southern Rocky Mountains
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Fuel hazard reduction treatments have been widely employed in dry forests of the western United States in recent decades in response to the increasing extent and severity of wildfires. In order to design and accurately assess the effects of these fuel hazard reduction treatments, accurate fuel inventories are required. However, obtaining accurate assessments of fuelbeds is complicated by a lack of knowledge about the effects of treatments on surface fuels and their spatial distribution. This thesis focuses on enhancing knowledge of treatment effects on surface fuels in ponderosa pine sites across ...