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RM-GTR-52: Determining potential wildlife benefits from wildfire in Arizona ponderosa pine forests


Lowe, Philip O., Peter F. Ffolliott, John H. Dieterich, and David R. Patton. 1978. Determining potential wildlife benefits from wildfire in Arizona ponderosa pine forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-52. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.

Large wildfires are frequently destructive to the timber resource, but wildlife may not be so adversely affected. A study of selected species of wildlife (deer, elk, rodents, and birds) that were present on large burned areas, 1, 3, 7, and 20 years old, indicated population fluctuations and habitat changes that are, for the most part, predictable, and can be expressed in economic terms. An "Index to Benefits" was developed that converts the flows of benefits or losses after fire to annuities. By assuming values for wildlife use, the manager can interpret these changes in terms of dollars in order to describe the total impact of wildfire on the wildlife resource.

Keywords: fire effects, fire economics, species diversity, wildlife populations, game and nongame animals


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Title: RM-GTR-52: Determining potential wildlife benefits from wildfire in Arizona ponderosa pine forests
Electronic Publish Date: May 5, 2011
Last Update:
May 5, 2011

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