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Lubrecht Fire-Fire Surrogate Study

January, 2010

Fire frequency in low-elevation coniferous forests in western North America has greatly declined since the late 1800s. In many areas, this has increased tree density and the proportion of shade- tolerant species, reduced resource availability, and increased forest susceptibility to forest insect pests and high-severity wildfire. In response, treatments are often implemented with the goal of increasing ecosystem resilience by increasing resistance to disturbance.

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Examples of each treatment 15 year after treatment
Examples of each treatment 15 year after treatment



Hood S.M. 2016. Data supporting publication of fortifying the forest: thinning and burning increase resistance to a bark beetle outbreak and promote forest resilience. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. 

United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Testified at hearing on the Federal government’s role in wildfire management, the impact of fires on communities, and potential improvements to be made in fire operations. May 5, 2015

Unintended Ecological Consequences of Removing Frequent Fire. Sharon Hood. Presentation for Association for Fire Ecology 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. 2015.

Project Contact: 

Principal Investigators:
Anna Sala - University of Montana

Research Staff:
Mick Harrington - U.S. Forest Service (retired)