Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services in Wildfire Risk Assessments and Fuel Treatment Planning
Principal Investigator(s):
  • Nathan J. Wood
    US Geological Survey
Co-Principal Investigator(s):
  • Jason R. Kreitler
    US Geological Survey
  • Nicole M. Vaillant
    Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC)
  • Richard L. Gaffney
    US Geological Survey
Completion Date: March 27, 2015

Cataloging Information

  • risk reduction
  • values to be protected
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 20207


This project will combine methods from multiple disciplines to provide new applied research for timely and policy relevant wildland fire and natural resource management issues. We propose research to address the tension between allocating fuel treatments to reduce risk to values within the wildland urban interface (WUI) rather than to reduce risk to ecological values within the forest. We will conduct landscape risk assessments using social and community vulnerability, ecosystem services, and economic values at risk to wildfire to describe the tradeoffs inherent in prioritizing fuel treatments. We will assess the spatial congruence of values at risk and treatment priorities to determine if certain win-win areas of the study landscape are important regardless of value preference. Furthermore, we will create a portable method to assess social and community vulnerability to wildfire hazards, test the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) suite of models and compare them to two models used within the wildfire management community, and demonstrate bi-criteria optimization to facilitate tradeoff analyses, all while operating in a cost-effectiveness framework to maximize the effectiveness of fuel treatment resources.