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The beauty of a burned forest

Author(s): Richard L. Hutto
Year Published: 2011

In the Northern Rockies, forests that have escaped fire are rare. In the Crown, fire is just as important as rainfall and sunlight are to plants and animals. For the vast majority of forest types within the region, the predominant fire regime is one of infrequent, intense, stand-replacement fires—not one of frequent, low-intensity, understory burns. With ever-present fire in the system, we might expect that plants and animals have, over evolutionary time, not only come to survive severe fire, but to depend on severe fire for their persistence and success. That is the story I want to tell here.

Citation: Hutto, R.L. 2011. The beauty of a burned forest. Crown of the Continent Magazine. Fall: 42-49.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Wildlife, Fire & Wildlife, Birds, Mammals, Habitat Assessment, Fire Regime
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 14506
Record updated: May 10, 2018