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Management-focused Youtube videos now available: Restoring composition and structure in southwestern frequent-fire forests

Posted date: May 06, 2015
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Authors: Chase, Julie; Engert, Jan M.; Reynolds, Richard T.; Malcolm, Karl - USFS Region 3; Sanchez Meador, Andrew J. - Northern Arizona University; Youtz, James A. - USFS Region 3; Nicolet, Tessa - USFS Region 3; Jackson, Patrick L. - USFS Region 3 - retired; DeLorenzo, Donald G. - USFS Region 3 - retired; Graves, Andrew D. - US Forest Service - Forest Health Protection; Robinson, Rebecca K. - University of Michigan
Document type: YouTube / Vimeo Videos


 Prescribed, low-severity surface fire carried by needles, cones, dried grass, and forbs
Prescribed, low-severity surface fire carried by needles, cones, dried grass, and forbs
In June 2014, over a dozen scientists and managers from the FS Rocky Mountain Research Station, FS Region 3 (Southwest Region), and Northern Arizona University convened for several days on the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona to bring to life the lessons of RMRS-GTR-310: Restoring composition and structure in Southwestern frequent-fire forests.

Ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests in the Southwest United States are experiencing, or have become increasingly susceptible to large-scale severe wildfire, insect, and disease episodes resulting in altered plant and animal demographics, reduced productivity and biodiversity, and impaired ecosystem processes and functions. Enhancing the resiliency of frequent-fire forests can be assisted by restoring key compositional and structural elements of these forests. The science-basis and management recommendations for doing so are outlined in “Restoring composition and structure in Southwestern  frequent-fire forests: A science-based framework for improving ecosystem resiliency” (RMRS-GTR-310).

Members of the authorship team—scientists and managers with the Forest Service and Northern Arizona University—worked with Science Application & Communication staff at the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) to produce this series of six short videos to complement the restoration framework. Please enjoy the videos as they help you interpret and apply of the science findings and recommendations in RMRS-GTR-310.