Central Appalachian Plateau (Ohio Hills, OH)

    Central Appalachian Plateau Map

    • Ohio Division of Forestry, Mead Paper Company
    • Oak-Hickory forest: oak, maple, tulip, black gum
    • Fire return interval: 3-15 years
    • Represents several million hectares of forest in the Ohio River Valley

    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.

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    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.

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    Dan Yaussy, USDA, FS, NE Research Station
    dyaussy@fs.fed.us
    740-368-0101

    Dan Yaussy, USDA, FS, NE Research Station
    dyaussy@fs.fed.us
    740-368-0101

    Economics
    Roger Williams, Ohio State University
    williams.1577@osu.edu
    614-688-4061
    Fuels
    Brian McCarthy, Ohio University
    mccarthy@oak.cats.ohiou.edu
    740-593-1615
     Pathology
    Bob Long, USDA, FS, NE Research Station
    rlong@fs.fed.us
    740-368-0050
     Soils
    Ralph Boerner, Ohio State University
    boerner.1@osu.edu
    614-292-8280
    Vegetation
    Todd Hutchinson, USDA, FS, NE Research Station
    thutchinson@fs.fed.us
    740-368-0096
    Wildlife
    Don Miles, Ohio University
    dmiles2@ohiou.edu
    740-593-2317