In this environment the BLM Alaska Fire Service and the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge have successfully implemented hazard reduction projects at two villages—Tanacross and Northway. These villages are not far from the Canadian border, near the Alaska Highway. The poster explores methods employed by the two agencies to successfully plan and implement hand mechanical thinning projects using the traditional Emergency Firefighting Crews that exist in many Alaskan villages. Project formulation from the partnership forming stage with Village Councils and other Federal Agencies to illustrations of problem solving during implementation will be addressed.
Also, monitoring thinning effects in the black spruce/feathermoss vegetation type poses its own challenges—such as, learning how to adapt monitoring schemes developed in much different vegetation types so that information useful to Alaskan fire and fuels managers (like change in permafrost depth or seasonal drying trends for moss) can be acquired. The poster will touch on some preliminary results from this monitoring.