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Evaluating post-wildfire logging-slash cover treatment to reduce hillslope erosion after salvage logging using ground measurements and remote sensing

Publications Posted on: November 06, 2020
Continuing long and extensive wildfire seasons in the Western US emphasize the need for better understanding of wildfire impacts including post-fire management scenarios. Advancements in our understanding of post-fire hillslope erosion and watershed response such as flooding, sediment yield, and debris flows have recently received considerable attention.

Estimating retention benchmarks for salvage logging to protect biodiversity

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2020
Forests are increasingly affected by natural disturbances. Subsequent salvage logging, a widespread management practice conducted predominantly to recover economic capital, produces further disturbance and impacts biodiversity worldwide. Hence, naturally disturbed forests are among the most threatened habitats in the world, with consequences for their associated biodiversity.

Habitat suitability models for white-headed woodpecker in recently burned forest

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 11, 2020
Salvage logging in burned forests can negatively affect habitat for white-headed woodpeckers (Dryobates albolarvatus), a species of conservation concern. To quantify and map suitable woodpecker habitat after wildfires, we developed habitat suitability index (HSI) models to inform forest management activities.

Canada lynx navigate spruce beetle-impacted forests

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 11, 2020
Canada lynx depend on boreal and subalpine forests that have been structured by natural disturbances for millennia.  The management conundrum is how to salvage beetle-killed trees, while also conserving this iconic species.  We instrumented Canada lynx with GPS collars to learn how they used beetle-impacted forests.  Our research informed how to balance timber salvage with species conservation.

Soil C storage following salvage logging and residue management in bark beetle-infested lodgepole pine forests

Publications Posted on: June 18, 2020
Bark beetle outbreaks have altered carbon (C) dynamics in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia Engelm. ex Wats.) forests across western North America. The sensitivity of soil C to post-beetle management operations remains unknown in these forests.

Tree regeneration and soil responses to management alternatives in beetle-infested lodgepole pine forests

Publications Posted on: June 18, 2020
Recent mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae; MPB) outbreaks have caused one of the most widespread and dramatic changes in forest condition in North American forests in more than a century and highlighted challenges facing resource managers.

Of woodpeckers and harvests: Finding compatibility between habitat and salvage logging

Publications Posted on: June 17, 2020
The western United States is home to many woodpecker species that are strongly associated with recently disturbed forests, including post wildfire and post-beetle outbreaks. These types of landscapes are favored habitat because the dead and dying trees provide nesting and foraging substrates.

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

Publications Posted on: June 17, 2020
Wildfires are natural disturbances in the western United States. Managing the resulting stands of dead and dying trees requires balancing conflicting priorities. Although these trees provide wildlife habitat and salvage logging revenue, they also pose public safety hazards.

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.