National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study
An SRS scientist summarized research results from the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study (FFS). Researchers found, among other things, that mechanical treatments do not serve as surrogates for fire for most variables, suggesting that fire should be used for restoration of these ecosystems. This ecosystem is a multi-site-, multi-ecosystem with dozens of measured variables from across the United States. Until now, there has been little emphasis on comparing results across the different ecosystems or among the numerous variables. FFS sites employ a common experimental design involving four treatments: control, prescribed fire, mechanical, and mechanical + fire.