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Understanding the effects of fire management practices on forest health: Implications for weeds and vegetation structure (Project INT-F-04-01) [Chapter 14]

Posted date: October 06, 2011
Publication Year: 
2011
Publication Series: 
Miscellaneous Publication (MISC)
Source: In: Potter, Kevin M.; Conkling, Barbara L., eds. Draft Forest Health Monitoring 2009 National Technical Report [ver. 8/26/2011]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Monitoring Program. p. 151-156.

Abstract

Current fire policy to restore ecosystem function and resiliency and reduce buildup of hazardous fuels implies a larger future role for fire (both natural and human ignitions) (USDA and USDOI 2000). Yet some fire management (such as building fire line, spike camps, or heli-spots) potentially causes both short- and long-term impacts to forest health. In the short run, these practices may increase soil disturbance, thereby promoting post-fire weed establishment (e.g., Keeley 2005; Merriam and others 2006). Fire management practices also may initiate long-term changes to aspects of landscape structure (such as patch connectivity, size, and shape) that may exacerbate future fire, insect or disease risk, or jeopardize wildlife habitat (e.g., Backer and others 2004). Quantification of these effects can provide important information to guide fire strategy, tactics and restoration decision-making (Sugihara and others 2006).

Citation

Black, Anne E.; Landres, Peter. 2011. Understanding the effects of fire management practices on forest health: Implications for weeds and vegetation structure (Project INT-F-04-01) [Chapter 14]. In: Potter, Kevin M.; Conkling, Barbara L., eds. Draft Forest Health Monitoring 2009 National Technical Report [ver. 8/26/2011]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Monitoring Program. p. 151-156.