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Fire and fish dynamics in a changing climate

Author(s): Lisa M. Holsinger, Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2011

Wildland fire is a natural disturbance that affects the distribution and abundance of native fishes in the Rocky Mountain West (Rieman and others 2003). Fire can remove riparian vegetation, increasing direct solar radiation to the stream surface and leading to warmer summer water temperatures. Fire can also consume vegetation and organic biomass on the forest floor, changing hydrologic flows, stream quality, and fish habitat suitability.

Citation: Holsinger, Lisa M.; Keane, Robert E. 2011. Fire and fish dynamics in a changing climate. Fire Management Today 71(2):19-23.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Aquatic Life, Water, Fire & Climate
Ecosystem(s): Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 13509
FRAMES RCS number: 17386
Record updated: Apr 20, 2017