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Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; environmental consequences fact sheet 7: fire and weeds

Author(s): Steve Sutherland
Year Published: 2004
Description:

Weed infestations cause an economic loss of $13 billion per year even though $9.5 billion per year is spent on weed control measures. In addition to these economic costs, weeds are replacing native species, altering native plant and animal communities, affecting ecosystem health and function, threatening biodiversity and Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive (TES) species, altering fire behavior and fire regimes, and reducing wildland productivity. This paper discusses (1) where weeds are found, (2) what promotes weed invasions, and (3) how to incorporate weed management into fuel treatment activities.

Citation: Sutherland, Steve. 2004. Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; environmental consequences fact sheet 7: fire and weeds. Research Note RMRS-RN-23-7-WWW. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Fuel Treatments & Effects, Management Approaches, Fuels
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 14945
FRAMES RCS number: 646
Record updated: May 24, 2018