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Aquatic species invasions in the context of fire and climate change

Author(s): Michael K. Young
Year Published: 2012

This paper focuses on the nexus among native and nonnative fishes with respect to fire and climate change in the western United States. Although many taxa are involved, I emphasize native and nonnative salmonids because these are obligate coldwater species that might be expected to respond strongly to fire and because most research has been conducted on these fishes. Also, forested lands in federal ownership in the western United States represent the stronghold for many native coldwater taxa and are the subject of fire, fuels, and water management. I caution, however, that climate change, coupled with a growing human population and increasing demands for certain ecosystem services (e.g., water for domestic, agricultural, and industrial use) may alter the species of concern, their interaction, and the geographic focus of this issue.

Citation: Young, Michael K. 2012. Aquatic species invasions in the context of fire and climate change. In: Luce, Charles; Morgan, Penny; Dwire, Kathleen; Isaak, Daniel; Holden, Zachary; Rieman, Bruce. Climate change, forests, fire, water, and fish: building resilient landscapes, streams, and managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-290. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 195-207.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Aquatic Life, Water, Fire & Climate, Invasive Species
Ecosystem(s): Riparian woodland/shrubland
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11273
FRAMES RCS number: 13183
Record updated: May 24, 2018