Author(s):
Tyler J. Hoecker, Monica G. Turner
Year Published:

Cataloging Information

Topic(s):
Fire Ecology
Ecosystem Changes
Structure
Successional Changes
Fire Effects
Ecological - Second Order
Vegetation
Recovery after fire
Resilience

Record updated: October 5, 2022
NRFSN number: 24770

In fire-prone forests, postfire tree recovery may be limited by climate conditions and fire activity that exceed the range of conditions under which these forests evolved, leading to major shifts in forest structure and composition. Transformations of forest to sparse woodland, shrubland, or grassland are emerging in forests where fire return intervals fall below the time it takes for trees to mature and produce cones, in places affected by drought, and in trailing-edge populations. However, fire-prone forests are diverse in species’ traits and climatic setting, suggesting that responses to changes in climate and fire activity will vary.

Citation

Hoecker T, and Turner MG. 2022. Short-interval high severity reburns change the playing for forest recovery. Northern Rockies Fire Science Network Science Brief No. 14 (Aug 2022), 4p.