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Fire and insects in northern and boreal forest ecosystems of North America

Author(s): Deborah G. McCullough, Richard A. Werner, David Neumann
Year Published: 1998

Fire and insects are natural disturbance agents in many forest ecosystems, often interacting to affect succession, nutrient cycling, and forest species composition. We review literature pertaining to effects of fire-insect interactions on ecological succession, use of prescribed fire for insect pest control, and effects of fire on insect diversity from northern and boreal forests in North America. Fire suppression policies implemented in the early 1900s have resulted in profound changes in forest species composition and structure. Associated with these changes was an increased vulnerability of forest stands to damage during outbreaks of defoliating insects. Information about the roles that both fire and insects play in many northern forests is needed to increase our understanding of the ecology of these systems and to develop sound management policies.

Citation: McCullough, Deborah G.; Werner, Richard A.; Neumann, David. 1998. Fire and insects in northern and boreal forest ecosystems of North America. Annual Review of Entomology. 43(1): 107-127.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Insects & Disease, Fire & Bark Beetles, Fire History
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Aspen woodland
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
NRFSN number: 7945
FRAMES RCS number: 4346
Record updated: Apr 20, 2017