The goal of University of Nevada, Reno fire research is to formulate an adaptive management strategy for improving forest health in the Lake Tahoe Basin and eastern Sierra Nevada that incorporates protection of critical watershed values. Major objectives are to evaluate the effects of wildfire and, prescribed fire, and mechanical biomass removal on site productivity, nutrient status, soil chemical and physical properties, and water quality.

The studies are located in various stands subjected to both prescribed fire and wildfire in the eastern Sierra Nevada, including the east shore of Lake Tahoe. The studies include wildfire (an accidental burn through previously-established plots), prescribed fire, mechanized understory thinning.


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