Task 2: Investigating Fire and Grazing Effects on Historical Vegetation Fluxes in the Dangermond Preserve

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Nature Conservancy
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Ecology and Evolution
  1. Compilation of Landsat images: 2 hours (Shane)
  2. Compile and analyze data from local archives: 20 hours (Undergraduate assistant)
  3. Creation of initial fire map: Estimated at 80 hours (Shane 60 hours, Undergraduate assistant 20 hours)
  4. Validation and finalization of fire map: 20 hours (Shane)
  5. Vegetation Classifications: 200 hours (Shane 150 hours, Undergraduate assistant 50 hours)
  6. Fire Behavior Modeling: 100 hours (Shane 100 hours)
  7. Develop recommendations around the use of prescribed fire in the future for habitat management at the Preserve based on the analysis and conclusions from tasks/deliverables 1-6. Recommendations will include the co-development (with TNC) of an experimental prescribed burning plan (i.e. potential burn units – sizes, timing, etc.), that could be implemented along with the JLDP Rangeland Management Plan over the next 2-5 years. Burn recommendations will be developed based on relevant goals, as articulated by TNC in the Integrated Resources Management Plan and Rangeland Management Plan – these could include, among others, reduction in invasive plant species, expansion of Gaviota tarplant populations, reduction in woody shrub encroachment on the Preserve’s coastal terraces.
  8. Field validation for fuel model maps and current vegetation maps: 80 hours (Shane+Undergraduate as team. 80 hours of work each, 160 human hours total)
  9. Creation of variables and analysis: 20 hours (Shane)
  10. Final Compiling and Preparation of Deliverables: 10 hours (Shane)