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Is that tree dead? Quantifying fire-killed trees to inform salvage and forest management

Documents and Media Posted on: October 01, 2019
Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 36: Is That Tree Dead? Quantifying Fire-Killed Trees to Inform Salvage and Forest Management Document Type: Other Documents

How much soil disturbance can be expected as a result of southern pine beetle suppression activities?

Publications Posted on: September 05, 2019
Land managers have long recognized the importance of maintaining soil productivity in the context of sustainable forest management. Soil disturbance that results in impaired hydrologic function and changes in certain soil properties (e.g., structure, organic matter) may be detrimental to soil productivity.

Southern pine beetle effects on soil disturbance

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2019
Land managers recognize that maintaining soil health during harvest operations is important for ensuring hydrologic function, nutrient cycling, vegetative regrowth, and stable carbon reserves. However, during salvage logging operations many of these values may be at risk because of soil disturbance associated with equipment movement on a site. Communicating with specialists about the importance of maintaining soil quality resulted in very little disturbance in 37 harvest units across Mississippi.

Spatial and temporal assessment of responder exposure to snag hazards in post-fire environments

Publications Posted on: May 16, 2019
Researchers and managers increasingly recognize enterprise risk management as critical to addressing contemporary fire management challenges. Quantitative wildfire risk assessments contribute by parsing and mapping potentially contradictory positive and negative fire effects. However, these assessments disregard risks to fire responders because they only address social and ecological resources and assets.

Post-spruce beetle timber salvage drives short-term surface fuel increases and understory vegetation shifts

Publications Posted on: February 21, 2019
Recent, widespread spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) outbreaks have driven extensive tree mortality across western North America. Post-disturbance forest management often includes salvage logging to capture economic value of dead timber, reduce fire hazard, and meet other social or ecological objectives.

Short-term understory plant community responses to salvage logging in beetle-affected lodgepole pine forests

Publications Posted on: December 12, 2017
Recent bark beetle outbreaks in western North American subalpine forests have prompted managers to salvage log some beetle-affected stands. We examined the short-term (i.e., two to three years post-treatment) consequences of such salvage logging on vascular understory plant (i.e., graminoid, forb, and shrub) communities.

The effect of salvage logging on surface fuel loads and fuel moisture in beetle-infested lodgepole pine forests

Publications Posted on: February 06, 2017
Widespread tree mortality from mountain pine beetle (MPB; Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) outbreaks has prompted forest management activities to reduce crown fire hazard in the Rocky Mountain region. However, little is known about how beetle-related salvage logging and biomass utilization options affect woody surface fuel loads and fuel moisture dynamics. We compared these attributes in salvage-logged lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var.

Rill erosion in burned and salvage logged western montane forests: Effects of logging equipment type, traffic level, and slash treatment

Publications Posted on: November 07, 2016
Following wildfires, forest managers often consider salvage logging burned trees to recover monetary value of timber, reduce fuel loads, or to meet other objectives. Relatively little is known about the cumulative hydrologic effects of wildfire and subsequent timber harvest using logging equipment.

Transferability of habitat suitability models for nesting woodpeckers associated with wildfire

Publications Posted on: October 25, 2016
Following wildfire, forest managers are challenged with meeting both socioeconomic demands (e.g., salvage logging) and mandates requiring habitat conservation for disturbance-associated wildlife (e.g., woodpeckers).

Post-fire logging produces minimal persistent impacts on understory vegetation in northeastern Oregon, USA

Publications Posted on: April 21, 2016
Post-fire forest management commonly requires accepting some negative ecological impacts from management activities in order to achieve management objectives. Managers need to know, however, whether ecological impacts from post-fire management activities are transient or cause long-term ecosystem degradation.