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John C. Byrne



1221 South Main Street
Moscow, ID 83843-4211
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Current Research

I assist program scientists in the design, implementation, and data analysis of research studies. Current studies I am currently working on are (1) secondary plant succession and regeneration establishment following the wildfires of 2000-2003 in Montana, Oregon, and Idaho; and (2) connecting forest inventories to Lidar measurements. I maintain a set of permanent plots, and the associated data, for measuring forest growth and development over time. These plots are scattered in the forests of northern Idaho, northeastern Washington, and western Montana. I also supervise field crews in taking measurements at research study sites and permanent plots. Back at the lab, I led an effort by lab employees to convert part of the lawn to a native Palouse prairie.

Past Research

Pre Forest Service

Byrne, John C.; Reed, David D. 1986. Complex compatible taper and volume estimation systems for red and loblolly pine. Forest Science. 32: 423-443.

Reed, David D.; Byrne, John C. 1985. A simple, variable form volume estimation system. Forestry Chronicle. 61(2): 87-90.


  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, M.S., Forest Biometrics, 1985
  • Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, B.S., Forest Management, Watershed Management, Biology, 1981
  • Rochester Community College, Rochester, MN, A.A., Conservation, 1976
  • Featured Publications


    Strand, Eva K.; Satterberg, Kevin L.; Hudak, Andrew T.; Byrne, John C.; Khalyani, Azad Henareh; Smith, Alistair M. S., 2019. Does burn severity affect plant community diversity and composition in mixed conifer forests of the United States Intermountain West one decade post fire?
    Jain, Terrie B.; Sikkink, Pamela G.; Keefe, Robert; Byrne, John C., 2018. To masticate or not: Useful tips for treating forest, woodland, and shrubland vegetation
    Galvez, Fabian B.; Hudak, Andrew T.; Byrne, John C.; Crookston, Nicholas L.; Keefe, Robert F., 2014. Using climate-FVS to project landscape-level forest carbon stores for 100 years from field and LiDAR measures of initial conditions
    Hudak, Andrew T.; Strand, Eva K.; Vierling, Lee A.; Byrne, John C.; Eitel, Jan U. H.; Martinuzzi, Sebastian; Falkowski, Michael J., 2012. Quantifying aboveground forest carbon pools and fluxes from repeat LiDAR surveys
    van Mantgem, Phillip J.; Stephenson, Nathan L.; Byrne, John C.; Daniels, Lori D.; Franklin, Jerry F.; Fule, Peter Z.; Harmon, Mark E.; Larson, Andrew J.; Smith, Jeremy M.; Taylor, Alan H.; Veblen, Thomas T., 2009. Widespread increase of tree mortality rates in the western United States
    Moore, James A.; Hamilton, David A Jr.; Xiao, Yu; Byrne, John C., 2004. Bedrock type significantly affects individual tree mortality for various conifers in the inland Northwest, U.S.A
    Byrne, John C.; Stage, Albert R.; Renner, David L., 1988. Distribution of permanent plots to evaluate silvicultural treatments in the Inland Empire
    The research objective is to develop western white pine management strategies focused on regeneration establishment and young forest development by 1) developing canopy opening size thresholds where western white pine can establish and grow, 2) developing alternative tending methods to enable managers to continue to manage western white pine plantations, 3) evaluating plantation resilience to wildfire, and 4) evaluating understory plant diversity under 30-year or older western white pine plantations.  
    Through fire management and riparian ecosystem restoration RMRS researchers Terrie Jain, Kate Dwire, and Travis Warziniack are partnering with the University of Idaho and the Idaho City Ranger District to develop, implement, and evaluate different adaptive management strategies to improve the fire resiliency of the Boise National Forest. 
    For the past three years, scientists from the RMRS Fire Sciences Lab in Missoula and the Forestry Sciences Lab in Moscow have been researching mastication as a fuel treatment in the Rocky Mountains. Specifically, they have been interested in how the materials age when they are left on the ground to decompose and how that aging affects their flammability.
    Many large fires have occurred in recent decades across the western United States and projections predict this trend to continue with increasingly warmer and drier conditions, meaning extensive areas have and will burn severely. Accurate estimates of fuel conditions and vegetation recovery rates of various ecosystems with time since last burn would assist fuel and fire management decisions. Understanding vegetation response trajectories based upon burn severity and other post-burn indicators will increase our ability to effectively prioritize management options and planning to address long-term fuel and fire management objectives.

    National Strategic Program Areas: 
    Resource Management and Use
    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Forest and Woodland Ecosystems