The Central Appalachian Plateau site of the FFS project is located on the Raccoon Ecological Management Area (REMA), and the Tar Hollow (TAR) and Zaleski (ZAL) State Forests in southeastern Ohio. The study consists of four treatments on the three study areas (REMA, TAR, and ZAL), resulting in 12 experimental units.
The four treatments implemented at each study area are: (1) untreated control (2) prescribed fire only (3) thinning from below (4) thinning from below followed by prescribed fire
Treatment units (about 20 ha (50 acres)) are forest stands or portions of larger stands all having irregular boundaries. Ten 20x 50 m plots were located within each treatment area to measure the effects on different portions of the ecosystem. A 50x50 m grid of points was established on the ground with a Global Positioning System (GPS) to study landscape changes.
Measuring both the effects of fire and/or thinning on oak regeneration and on components of biodiversity may help to identify thresholds that would be useful for fine-tuning management to achieve more holistic objectives. Measuring the economics and effects of fire and/or thinning on soils, forest plants, trees, forest pathogens, and wildlife should help identify ecological tradeoffs inherent in the application of management activities. Since the Ohio Hills project will collect both ecological and economic data on common sites under similar conditions, managers will be able to assess tradeoffs between these two classes of information.
For more information please visit the Central Appalachian Plateau Study Web Site.
Papers With Findings - General
Papers With Findings - Economics
Papers With Findings - Fuel
Papers With Findings - Sociology
Papers With Findings - Soil
Papers With Findings - Vegetation
Papers With Findings - Wildlife
Link to FFS Poster [PDF, 374 KB] from the Central Appalachian Plateau Study Site.
Animation of a prescribed fire at Zaleski state forest, Ohio.
Click the link below to download and view an animated representation of a prescribed fire at Zaleski State Forest at Ohio site. (Mpeg Video file, 882 KB size.)
Animation of prescribed fire in Ohio.
Video of prescribed burn on the Raccoon Ecological Management Area, Spring 2005.
Click the link below to view a video of a prescribed fire in a burn only plot within the Raccoon Ecological Management Area of the Ohio Hills FFS site, spring 2005. The tree in the center of the image was instrumented with temperature sensors as part of a study on heat transfer through bark by Matt Dickinson and Tony Bova. Notice the examples of leeward vortices and flames "sticking" to the bole. (Windows Media Video file, 1.6 MB size, Windows Media Player required to view.)
Video of prescribed fire in Ohio, 2005.
Roger Williams, Ohio State University
Brian McCarthy, Ohio University
Bob Long, USDA, FS, NE Research Station
Ralph Boerner, Ohio State University
Todd Hutchinson, USDA, FS, NE Research Station
Don Miles, Ohio University