Blue Mountains (Hungry Bob, OR)

  • Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
  • Mixed-conifer forest: Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir
  • Fire return interval: 10-25 years
  • Represents 400,000 hectares in the Blue Mountains of Oregon

The Blue Mountains project is located on the Wallowa Valley District between Davis and Crow Creek drainages, 45 km north of Enterprise, Oregon. The study site is a complete randomized design of four treatments and four replications, resulting in 16 experimental units. The following suite of four FFS treatments are implemented at Hungry Bob: untreated control, prescribed fire only, initial and periodic cutting only, initial and periodic cutting followed by prescribed fire. Actual fieldwork at Hungry Bob was initiated in 1996 after a careful analysis of implementing the project at three other locations within the Blue Mountains. After three days of burning, all eight experimental units are successfully burned by late September 2000.