5th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology and the 2nd International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress

Thursday, 20 November 2003: 9:00 AM
Environmental Consequences
Elaine Kennedy Sutherland, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT; and A. Black, W. Elliot, M. Miller, D. Neary, D. Pilliod, P. Robichaud, and S. Sutherland
The Environmental Consequences Team is developing an information delivery system about potential environmental consequences of fuel treatment activities. Broadly, these activities include thinning and burning, and associated work. The environmental consequences of these activities include effects on soil, water, plants, and animals. Land managers need to predict responses to activities as part of planning process, particularly in the development of NEPA documents. In this process, it is impossible of to rely on literature for all responses; therefore there is the need to stimulate and support critical thinking on the part of the managers. Our information delivery system will have a file-building interface that queries the non-technical user to identify and use the most appropriate data and understanding in to develop their planning documents.

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