Katherine M. Wilkin

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Environmental Science, Policy and Management Department
University of California, Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall, MC #3114
Berkeley, California 94720-5800, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Decade-Long Plant Community Responses to Shrubland Fuel Hazard Reduction
Pages: 105-136
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.130210513

Fuel hazard reduction treatments such as prescribed fire and mastication are widely used to reduce fuel hazard.  These treatments help protect people from wildfire, yet may not be mutually beneficial for people and ecosystems in areas adapted to infrequent crown fire.  Short-term studies indicate that some fuel hazard reduction treatments can be detrimental to biodiversity and ecosystem function, suggesting that land managers face an acute dilemma between protecting people or ecosystems.  However, the long-term ecological trajectories and fuel hazard outcomes of fuel treatments are poorly understood.  Using a 13-year replicated experimental study, we evaluated how shrub cover, non-native species abundance, native species diversity, and an obligate seeder responded to fuel treatments in California’s northern chaparral.  [Read More]

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