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Seven Core Principles Can Guide Restoration of Fire-prone Inland Pacific Landscapes

Photo of A prescribed burn on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. USDA Forest ServiceA prescribed burn on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : More than a century of forest and fire management of Inland Pacific landscapes has transformed their successional and disturbance dynamics. Current efforts to address these impacts yield a small footprint in comparison to wildfires and insect outbreaks. Moreover, many current projects emphasize thinning and fuels reduction within individual forest stands, while overlooking large-scale habitat connectivity and disturbance flow issues.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Hessburg, Paul F. 
Research Location : Western U.S.
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 839


Forest Service scientists and collaborators focused on landscape-level prescriptions as foundational to restoration planning and execution. They offer seven core principles, which provide a solid framework for landscape restoration throughout the Inland Pacific. To restore key resilience characteristics to current landscapes, planning and management are needed at ecoregion, local landscape, successional patch, and tree neighborhood scales. Restoration that works effectively across ownerships and allocations will require active thinking about landscapes as socio-ecological systems that provide services to people within the finite capacities of ecosystems. This research can help managers and decisionmakers integrate current science into land use management and policy decisions that have broad implications for the future.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Wilderness Society
  • University of Montana
  • University of Washington
  • Washington Conservation Science Institute

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