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Wildfire and management of forests and native fishes: conflict or opportunity for convergent solutions?

Author(s): Bruce E. Rieman, Paul F. Hessburg, Charles H. Luce, Matthew R. Dare
Year Published: 2010
Description:

Wildfire is a critical land management issue in the western United States. Efforts to mitigate the effects of altered fire regimes have led to debate over ecological restoration versus species conservation framed at the conjuncture of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and their respective management regimes. Fire-related management activities may disrupt watershed processes and degrade habitats of sensitive fishes. However, the restoration of forest structure, process, and functionality, including more natural fire regimes, might also benefit longer-term habitat complexity and the persistence of species and populations that are now only remnants of once-larger and more diverse habitat networks. Common language, clear communication of goals and objectives, and spatially explicit analysis of objectives will help identify conflicts and convergences of opportunities to enable more collaborative management. We explore this integration in the context of native fisheries and wildfire, but expect the approach to be relevant in other settings as well.

Citation: Rieman, Bruce E.; Hessburg‌, Paul F.; Luce‌, Charles; Dare, Matthew R. 2010. Wildfire and management of forests and native fishes: conflict or opportunity for convergent solutions? BioScience 60(6):460-468. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2010.60.6.10
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Wildlife, Fire & Wildlife, Fish
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 18722
FRAMES RCS number: 48705
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 24892
Record updated: Dec 11, 2018