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Developing tools and techniques to streamline forest fuel sampling. Innovation and application in the Alkali Resource Management area

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub7810
Author
MacKinnon, Brandon
Hvenegaard, Steven
Date
April 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
MacKinnon, Brandon
Hvenegaard, Steven
Date
April 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
41 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Efficiency
Forestry
Fuel load
Sampling
FPI TR
FOP Technical Report
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.43
Language
English
Abstract
Evaluation  of  forest  environments  to  assess  fuel  loading  using  conventional  inventory methods is labour-intensive, time-consuming, and requires extensive training to be completed correctly. Fuels managers would like to apply simpler, less expensive fuel sampling methods and still maintain acceptable accuracy in fuel load measurements. FPInnovations  has  explored  different  fuel  sampling  techniques  that  may  be  applicable to the forest stands of central British Columbia. The photoload sampling technique  was  deemed  to  be  a  valuable  tool  that  can  be  enhanced  to  suitably  represent the forest fuels in Interior Douglas-fir environments and can be adapted to other fuel environments with appropriate amendments.
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Evaluating a selective harvest operation as a forest fuel treatment as a forest fuel treatment. A case study in a mature douglas-fir forest in central interior British Columbia

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub53038
Author
Hvenegaard, Steven
MacKinnon, Brandon
Date
September 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hvenegaard, Steven
MacKinnon, Brandon
Contributor
City of Quesnel
Date
September 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
18 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Wildfires
Forestry
Fuel
Black spruce
Alberta
Density
Physical properties
Mulch
Forest fire
Crown fire
Wind
FPI TR
FOP Technical Report
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.34
Location
Quesnel, British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
The City of Quesnel, B.C. has applied an innovative selective harvesting technique in a mature Douglas-fir forest stand with the objectives of maintaining biodiversity and reducing fuel-load buildup and consequent wildfire threat. FPInnovations researchers monitored and documented the harvesting operations and measured machine productivity to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the operation. To support the assessment of fuel-load reduction, FPInnovations’ Wildfire Operations group conducted pre- and post-harvest fuel-sampling activities to evaluate changes in forest fuel components.
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Forest fuel characterization at the Quesnel airport (fuel management treatment unit 14A). Collecting forest stand data as inputs to fuel management tools

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub53033
Author
Hvenegaard, Steven
MacKinnon, Brandon
Marinescu, Marian
Date
May 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hvenegaard, Steven
MacKinnon, Brandon
Marinescu, Marian
Date
May 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
38 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Forestry
Biodiversity
Fuel-load
Wildfire
FPI TR
Costs
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.38
Language
English
Abstract
The City of Quesnel has applied an innovative selective harvesting technique in a mature Douglas-fir forest stand with the objectives of maintaining biodiversity and reducing fuel-load buildup and consequent wildfire threat. FPInnovations researchers monitored and documented the harvesting operations and measured machine productivity to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the operation.
To support the assessment of fuel-load reduction, FPInnovations' Wildfire Operations group conducted fuel-sampling activities to produce a pre-harvest forest fuel inventory. The inventory data were converted to formats to be applied in two fuel-management tools: a photo guide of the pre-treatment fuel environment and a dataset that can be input to FuelCalBC
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Oriented pile flammability burn trial October 2020. Collaborations with Mosaic Forest Management and British Columbia Wildfire Service

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub7947
Author
Spencer, Stuart
Hvenegaard, Steven
MacKinnon, Brandon
Date
February 2021
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Spencer, Stuart
Hvenegaard, Steven
MacKinnon, Brandon
Contributor
Mosaic Forest Management
British Columbia Wildfire Service
Date
February 2021
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
31 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Infrared sensing
Hotspots
Aircraft
Forestry
FPI TR
FOP Technical Report
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2021 N 8
Location
British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
The clean air initiative led by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment seeks to develop innovative methods to improve community air quality by utilizing harvest residues and minimizing the volume of fibre burned at roadside. Retaining processed tops as roadside oriented piles is proposed as an alternative to burning debris. These burn trials have demonstrated that in this unique arrangement of fuels and interaction of site-specific variables, particular areas of the piles will be more vulnerable to ignition sources which can lead to sustained burning and high intensity fire behaviour. In addition to the low fuel moisture conditions, other fuel properties, such as the close proximity of piles, high volume of fine fuels (branches and needles) and orientation of piles to road all contributed to enhanced burning at this site.
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Oriented pile flammability research summary 2019. Collaborations with Mosaic Forest Management and British Columbia Wildfire Service

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub53037
Author
Hvenegaard, Steven
Spencer, Stuart
Refai, Razim
MacKinnon, Brandon
Date
September 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hvenegaard, Steven
Spencer, Stuart
Refai, Razim
MacKinnon, Brandon
Contributor
Mosaic Forest Management
British Columbia Wildfire Service
Date
September 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
12 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Infrared sensing
Hotspots
Aircraft
Forestry
FPI TR
FOP Technical Report
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 N 39
Location
British Columbia
Language
English
Abstract
In October 2018, FPInnovations conducted burn trials to evaluate and compare the ignition potential and potential fire behaviour in two different configurations of piled harvest residuals. Continued collaborations in 2019 with Mosaic Forest Management and British Columbia Wildfire Service identified and developed a potential prescribed fire site that would allow ignition of harvest debris piled in an oriented configuration to evaluate fire behaviour during a period of higher fire hazard conditions.
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