The AFR Partnership is involved in measuring changes to the watershed and evaluating the effects of restoration on existing forest conditions. The Implementation Review Team (IRT) provides assistance in this effort.
Implementation monitoring keeps track of the number of acres treated with fuels reduction, density management pile burning, underburning, seeding, and planting. Implementation monitoring adheres to the Forest Service standards, and helps guide further contract administration.
Soil Sampling - To evaluate the impacts of our forestry work on the watershed’s soils, the AFR project monitors effective ground cover and soil disturbance. Read the most recent update on this effort.
In operational units where trees are removed using ground-based equipment, pretreatment soil disturbance and effective ground cover data are compared to post treatment data (view data tables in the update). For all other operational units a FS soil scientist utilizes professional judgment and collects supplemental data as needed.
Monitoring before harvest is complete. Harvest continues on top of snow during the winter, but effective ground cover and soil disturbance monitoring will have to wait until later in spring.
Implementation Review Team (IRT) - Coordinated by The Nature Conservancy, the IRT committee provides technical advice to the AFR project cooperators on proposed and completed implementation of treatments and activities. As of December 2013, members of the IRT have participated in 8 field trips to review treatments, given feedback on treatment priorities relative to social license, and reviewed prescriptions for over 1300 acres of commercial thinning.
The IRT is made up of representatives from the following organizations: