Project: Wildland fire and ecosystems: fire and nonnative invasive plants
“Wildland fire and ecosystems” is a series of General Technical Reports that synthesizes current knowledge about fire effects on ecosystems. The series is available for download at www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/ (look for RMRS-GTR-42). This volume, subtitled “Fire and nonnative invasive plants,” covers
- effects of fire and fire exclusion on nonnative plant invasions
- changes in fuel properties and fire regimes caused by nonnative plant invasions
- the intentional use of fire to control nonnative invasive plants
The first section of this report integrates concepts from fire science and weed science to provide a conceptual foundation for understanding interactions between fire and invasive species. The second section highlights species and issues of concern in various regions of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. The final section covers specific management issues, including effects of fuels management and postfire rehabilitation on invasions by nonnative plant species.
Funding sources: Joint Fire Science Program (Task 04-4-1-08)
USDA Forest Service, Fire & Aviation Management
Contact: Jane Kapler Smith, FEIS Team Leader
Project Completed Oct., 2007
The publication is currently in press. Click here to get Adobe Acrobat pdfs of individual chapters.
Agency contact: FEIS Advisory Committee (managers, staff experts, and biologists from all areas of the U.S. and all federal wildland management agencies—If interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Delivery date: July 31, 2007