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Effects of prescribed fire on wildlife and wildlife habitat in selected ecosystems of North America

Posted date: November 17, 2016
Publication Year: 
2016
Authors: Block, William M.; Conner, L. Mike; Brewer, Paul A.; Ford, Paulette L.; Haufler, Jonathan; Litt, Andrea; Masters, Ronald E.; Mitchell, Laura R.; Park, Jane
Publication Series: 
Miscellaneous
Source: Technical Review 16-01. Bethesda, MD: The Wildlife Society. 69 p.

Abstract

Prescribed fire is applied widely as a management tool in North America to meet various objectives such as reducing fuel loads and fuel continuity, returning fire to an ecosystem, enhancing wildlife habitats, improving forage, preparing seedbeds, improving watershed conditions, enhancing nutrient cycling, controlling exotic weeds, and enhancing resilience from climate change. Regardless of the particular objective, fire affects ecosystem structure, composition, and function in many ways.

Citation

Block, William M.; Conner, L. Mike; Brewer, Paul A.; Ford, Paulette; Haufler, Jonathan; Litt, Andrea; Masters, Ronald E.; Mitchell, Laura R.; Park, Jane. 2016. Effects of prescribed fire on wildlife and wildlife habitat in selected ecosystems of North America. Technical Review 16-01. Bethesda, MD: The Wildlife Society. 69 p.