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    Author(s): Jonathan Thompson
    Date: 2008
    Source: Science Findings 106. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 5 p.
    Publication Series: Science Findings
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    Description

    Frequent, low-intensity fires were historically a common feature in many dry forests of the United States. Today, largely owing to fire exclusion and past management practices, many of these fire-dependent forests contain significantly more small trees and fewer large trees than occurred under the natural fire regime. These altered conditions increase the probability of unnaturally severe wildfires, susceptibility to uncharacteristic insect outbreaks, and drought-related mortality. Restoration of these forests is a priority for forest managers throughout the country. Unfortunately, little information exists about the effectiveness or ecological consequences of commonly used fuel reduction and forest restoration strategies. In response, a national research project called the Fire and Fire Surrogates Study is conducting operational-scale experiments to evaluate restoration treatments at 13 sites across the country.

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    Citation

    Thompson, Jonathan 2008. Fuel reduction and forest restoration treatments: once is not enough. Science Findings 106. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 5 p.

    Keywords

    Fire, fuel reduction, forest restoration, Fire and Fire Surrogates Study

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