A comprehensive guide to fuels treatment practices for ponderosa pine in the Black Hills, Colorado Front Range, and Southwest

Molly E. Hunter, Wayne D. Shepperd, Leigh B. Lentile, John D. Lundquist, Michael G. Andreu, Jack L. Butler, Frederick W. Smith

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The objective of this paper is to present recommendations for fuels treatments in ponderosa pine forests in the Southwest, Colorado Front Range, and Black Hills of South Dakota. We have synthesized existing knowledge from the peer-reviewed literature and administrative studies and acquired local knowledge through a series of discussions with fuels treatment practitioners. We describe specific treatments, the circumstances under which they can be applied, and treatment effects. We provide recommendations related to where, how, and how often fuels treatments may be prescribed to achieve desired outcomes. Desired outcomes address social, political, economic, and ecological factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-96
Number of pages96
JournalUSDA Forest Service - General Technical Report RMRS-GTR
Issue number198 RMRS
StatePublished - Sep 4 2007



  • Black hills
  • Forest thinning
  • Ponderosa pine
  • Prescribed fire
  • Southwest
  • Wildfire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science

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