The network consists of 12 main sites and 1 satellite site (which has less than the full suite of core treatments):
All of these initial sites represent forests with a historically short-interval, low- to moderate-severity fire regime. Eight sites are in western coniferous forests, ranging from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest. These sites share the fact that ponderosa pine is an important tree component, but sites vary in composition of other conifers and differ substantially in topographic and soil parameters. Two sites are in the southeastern U.S.--one in the Piedmont and one on the Coastal Plain--and are dominated by mixtures of southern pines with hardwood understories. Rounding out the network is a site in the midwestern oak-hickory type of Ohio. Collectively, these sites comprise a network that is truly national in scope. Depending on the level of interest and support available, future sites in the same or other fire regimes may be added to the network.
The robust experimental design of the Fire and Fire Surrogate study is often ideal for collaborative studies that other scientists may have in mind. As such, we encourage others to work with us in expanding our project to other subject areas. For example, the Fire and Fire Surrogate study currently supports collaborative studies on canopy fuel loading, the American fisher, and the Indiana bat, among others. While funded independently, each of these projects benefits through an existing experimental framework that includes replicated treatments, random selection of experimental units of a minimum size, and reliable agreements with local managers to insure the maintenance of site conditions through time. If you have a project that may be suitable for collaborating with one or more FFS sites, please contact the appropriate site manager, or the FFS project coordinator.