Researchers: Sangay Wangchuk, Stephen Siebert & Jill Belsky.
Funding provided by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. This project is documenting fuelwood resource availability (i.e.,. current standing volume by species in traditional extraction areas), annual growth and yield (annual increment by species) and annual consumption by resident villagers (for domestic cooking and heating) and seasonal consumption (primarily for cooking) by yak herders and Cordyceps (a valuable NTFP) collectors in Wangchuck Centennial National Park, in alpine Bhutan. The project is also exploring opportunities and constraints to community-based management of fuelwood and other NTFP resources.
A book scheduled for publication in 2011 by the Univ. of Hawai’i Press. The book focuses on the ecology, use, management and traditional ecological knowledge and practices of rattan collectors in three forest communities in Indonesia and the Philippines where the author, Steve Siebert, lived and worked over a 20 year period.
The Center develops, integrates, and synthesizes remote sensing, social assessments, economic considerations, and other information technology applications to improve fire and fuels management at the landscape scale. It also develops innovative approaches for delivery of these products through training, education, and support for graduate level research.
The lab focuses on three core areas of research: 1) understanding physiographic influences on climate, 2) modeling and estimating uncertainty in species distribution models (SDMs), and 3) understanding fire and fire effects.