I am an editor and writer for the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. I specialize in synthesizing information from the scientific literature on fire regimes and fire effects in North American ecosystems, with an emphasis on fire and nonnative invasive species, for use by managers and the public.
The impacts of invasive plants on native communities can be severe and long-lasting. Understanding the relationship between fire and invasive plants can help managers evaluate risks and strategize effective prevention and mitigation of plant invasions in order to sustain the ecological integrity and resilience of forests and grasslands. This is especially important within the context of a changing climate. Research on road impacts (including, but not limited to, effects on the introduction and spread of invasive plants) is important because management and policy discussions and decisions often include opening up roadless areas for resource extraction, and we need to know the true ecological costs of such actions.