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Post-wildfire logging hinders regeneration and increases fire risk

Author(s): Daniel C. Donato, Joseph B. Fontaine, John L. Campbell, William D. Robinson, J. Boone Kauffman, Beverly E. Law
Year Published: 2006

We present data from a study of early conifer regeneration and fuel loads after the 2002 Biscuit Fire, Oregon, USA, with and without postfire logging. Natural conifer regeneration was abundant after the high-severity fire. Postfire logging reduced median regeneration density by 71%, significantly increased downed woody fuels, and thus increased short-term fire risk. Additional reduction of fuels is necessary for effective mitigation of fire risk. Postfire logging can be counterproductive to the goals of forest regenration and fuel reduction.

Citation: Donato, Daniel C.; Fontaine, Joseph B.; Campbell, John L.; Robinson, William D.; Kauffman, J.B.; Law, Beverly E. 2006. Post-wildfire logging hinders regeneration and increases fire risk. Science 311 (5759): 352-352. DOI: 10.1126/science.1122855
Topic(s): Post-fire Management, Salvage Logging
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 17443
FRAMES RCS number: 3926
Record updated: Sep 4, 2019