April 27, 2017

Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (SNAMP)

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Duncan Peak Lookout

Sailor Flat

Two photos from the SNAMP study area

In December 2006, Dr. Gutiérrez was invited to join a multi-disciplinary team of University of California scientists on the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (SNAMP).  The SNAMP will examine the effects of U.S. Forest Service fuel reduction treatments on fisher and spotted owl populations, forest health, wildfire behavior, and water quality.  The SNAMP also has a public participation component, which will use the scientific findings to inform future Forest Service management actions under an adaptive management framework. 

The SNAMP has two study sites: a northern site on the Tahoe N.F. and a southern site on the Sierra N.F.  At each site, the Forest Service will implement fuel reduction treatments on a portion of the study site, while the remainder of the site will serve as a control.  Dr. Gutiérrez will specifically study the effects of Forest Service fuel reduction treatments on spotted owl territory occupancy and reproduction at the northern study site on the Tahoe N.F.

For more information about SNAMP: http://snamp.cnr.berkeley.edu/

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Juvenile Spotted Owl