FRCC and related tools Questionnaire
In 2013, the NWCG Fuels Management Committee and the Wildland Fire Management RD&A Fuels and Fire Ecology program requested a questionnaire on the FRCC concept and related tools be developed. The University of Idaho and the U.S. Forest Service Washington Office Fire Ecology and Fuels Program assisted and funded the project. Summary of results.
NRCS Plant Code List - NRCS plant codes are part of the databases that support the FRCC software application. Plant codes from the NRCS list are auto-populated into the software reports, and common plant codes appear for each seral stage. Users can create a customized pick-list of common species from the NRCS plant code list and apply in their FRCC analyses.
The Nature Conservancy's Vegetation Departure Calculator (VDC) - Provides an extensive look at vegetation conditions across the U.S. The VDC, an MS Excel spreadsheet, allows users to interactively summarize and compare current vegetation conditions in different ways (geography, agency, protected status, ecoregion, portfolio status, etc.) using consistent and comprehensive data.
FRCC Tutorials & Presentations
FRCC & WFMRDA posters from the Large Fire Conference, May 19-23, 2014, Missoula, MT
The FRCC course was designed to give the participant the background information necessary to understand FRCC assessments.The course included key theories, principles, and concepts; role of policy and law; and FRCC resources. The participant conducted a simulated FRCC assessment with real-world application.
Biophysical Settings (BpS) Resources
The LF National Biophysical Settings Model Descriptions (called "Vegetation Dynamics Model Descriptions" on landfire.gov) define the vegetation, geography, biophysical characteristics, succession stages, disturbance regimes, and assumptions for each BpS and are designed to accompany the quantitative state and transition models.
Using the LF Biophysical Settings Model Descriptions - Examines the major elements of the model descriptions and explains how they can be used.
FRCC Guidebook BpS Descriptions
Biophysical Settings Descriptions are comprehensive documents that describe geography, topography, vegetation, disturbance regimes, and other important traits for each biophysical setting in the Eastern U.S.
Biophysical Settings Descriptions are comprehensive documents that describe geography, topography, vegetation, disturbance regimes, and other important traits for each biophysical setting in the Western U.S.
After the assessor has read the associated BpS Descriptions, the BpS Reference Condition tables provide a quick and easy way to obtain the succession class and fire regimes data for each biophysical setting in a given U.S. region