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Vegetation Analysis

We have captured information on post-burn changes to vegetation species, composition, and distribution. The data for this project can help refine fuel maps for fire behavior modeling, improving the modeling and our ability to plan for and respond to wildfires. Sampling plots were selected based on:
- Fire history
- Soils
- Veg type
- Slope
- Elevation
- Rainfall

Results to date show,
- Conversion of vegetation in areas that have repeatedly burned
- Colonization by barbed wire grass (not grazeable)

Possible impacts from this conversion and colonization could be the elimination of a feasible landscape scale mitigation option – grazing – since barbed wire grass is not palatable to cattle.

In the near future, we hope to expand this project to the rest of the state!