PFC Completed Research Projects Archive

Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP)

An investigation of the utility of active infrared (LIDAR) and active microwave (IFSAR) sensor data for the estimation of crown fire fuel density, type, and condition.

Southern California

Mapping and analysis of pre-fire fuels loading and burn intensity using pre-fire interferometric synthetic aperture radar data combined with burn intensity derived from post-fire multispectral imagery for the 2003 southern California fires.

Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) Alaska

Exploring how airborne laser scanning (also known as light detection and ranging or LIDAR) and high-resolution imagery can be used for estimating some forest structure and composition variables in FIA forest inventory plots.

The Future of Washington Forests and Forestry Industries

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has requested a proposal to conduct several studies in response to the State Legislature’s request for a report on the future of Washington forests. This report is to examine the economic, recreational, and environmental trends influencing the forest land owners, forest products industry and secondary manufacturing sectors in Washington State.

Western Washington Land Use Change

In 2004, the USDA Forest Service's Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) program contracted with the Rural Technology Initiative to investigate the potential of using satellite images as a more cost-effective and repeatable process to determine and calculate land use and its associated change.

Strategic Retention of Working Forests

The Retention of Working Forests Project is grounded in the Forest Land Parcel Data Base, funded by support obtained by the Family Forest Foundation and the Washington Farm Forestry Association and developed by the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Its focus was on forestland parcels and characteristics within the database (e.g. ownership type, streams, roads, wetlands and geological features). The project assessed potential productivity of working forests and their underlying biodiversity values and evaluated the risk of forest land conversion by comparing current market values vs. working forest values. (40 minute streaming video)

Quantifying the Geography of Forest Lands in Washington State

Since 2001 the Rural Technology Initiative in partnership with Washington State government, conservation organizations and forestry foundations has been seeking an understanding of the geography and demographics of forest lands and forest landowners in Washington State.