Samuel A. Cushman

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Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Conflicting Perspectives on Spotted Owls, Wildfire, and Forest Restoration
Pages: 146-165
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.  [Read More]

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