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Keyword: fire ecology

A strategic assessment of forest biomass and fuel reduction treatments in western states

Publications Posted on: July 14, 2006
In the 15 western states there are at least 28 million acres of forest that could benefit from some type of mechanical treatment to reduce hazardous fuel loading. It is estimated that about 60 percent of this area could be operationally accessible for treatment with a total biomass treatment volume of 345 million bone dry tons (bdt). Two-thirds of this forest area is on public lands.

Wildland fire effects in silviculturally treated vs. untreated stands of New Mexico and Arizona

Publications Posted on: February 16, 2006
Stand-replacement fires, particularly in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests, have replaced highfrequency, low-intensity historical fire regimes. We examined whether forest stands treated recently using silvicultural practices would be (1) less susceptible to stand-replacing crownfires, and (2) more ecologically and functionally resilient compared to untreated stands following extreme wildland fire.