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Ecology and restoration in mixed severity fire regimes: climate thresholds, beta diversity, and collaboration in Montana forests

Date: October 24, 2013
Presenter(s): R. Travis Belote

Mixed severity fire regimes historically maintained landscape heterogeneity in fuels and ecological conditions, which limited fire spread and supported diverse species assemblages. Setting goals for ecosystem management and restoration targets in in these forests, where the frequency, severity, and effects of fires historically varied in time and space has proven difficult. I will discuss several ongoing research projects related to the ecology of forests historically characterized by mixed severity fire including: (1) a conceptual and empirical overview of mixed severity fire, (2) research that tests hypotheses on tree mortality in western larch forests in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, (3) climate-driven fire thresholds across ecoregions of Montana and Idaho; and (4) describe new research on the influence of fire severity on beta diversity of plant and pollinator communities across Montana. My interest in mixed severity fire arose from my work with the Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative, formed in response to the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP). We are attempting to use a collaborative adaptive management process to design and monitoring forest restoration projects –mostly in forests characterized by mixed severity fire regimes- across three districts of three national forests. 

Topic(s): Fire Effects, Fire Regime, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 13775
Record updated: Jul 31, 2018