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Fire Ecology
Volume 13, Issue 3 - 2017
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1303

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Forum: Issues, Management, Policy, and Opinions

Conflicting Perspectives on Spotted Owls, Wildfire, and Forest Restoration

Authors: Joseph L. Ganey, Ho Yi Wan, Samuel A. Cushman, and Christina D. Vojta
Pages: 1-20
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.130318020

Evidence of increasing fire extent and severity in the western US in recent decades has raised concern over the effects of fire on threatened species such as the spotted owl (Strix occidentalis Xantus de Vesey), which nests in forests with large trees and high canopy cover that are vulnerable to high-severity wildfire. A dichotomy of views exists on the impact of high-severity wildfire on the spotted owl. One view holds that reduction in the extent of forests with large trees and high canopy cover due to high-severity wildfire is a primary threat to spotted owls, and that fuels reduction treatments that successfully reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire can aid in sustaining desired conditions for this owl.

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Research Article

Fires Following Bark Beetles: Factors Controlling Severity and Disturbance Interactions in Ponderosa Pine

Authors: Carolyn H. Sieg, Rodman R. Linn, Francois Pimont, Chad M. Hoffman, Joel D. McMillin, Judith Winterkamp, and L. Scott Baggett
Pages: 21-44
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.130300123

Previous studies have suggested that bark beetles and fires can be interacting disturbances, whereby bark beetle–caused tree mortality can alter the risk and severity of subsequent wildland fires. However, there remains considerable uncertainty around the type and magnitude of the interaction between fires following bark beetle attacks, especially in drier forest types such as those dominated by ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Lawson & C. Lawson). We used a full factorial design across a range of factors thought to control bark beetle−fire interactions, including the temporal phase of the outbreak, level of mortality, and wind speed.

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