Research and Publications

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New technology for fuel breaks and green strips in urban interface and wildland areas

View article. This study used BehavePlus to model fire behavior in fuel breaks created by treating annual grasses with herbicides and releasing perennial bunch grasses. Flame height reductions of up to 90% were possible.

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Songbird response to wildfire in mixed-conifer forest in south-western Oregon

View article. This study evaluated bird occurrence on recently burned sites and found that of the 27 species evaluated, there was evidence for fire-induced changes in the proportion of sites occupied by 13 species. […]

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Postfire seeding for erosion control: Effectiveness and impacts on native plant communities

View synthesis. Less than half of the studies reviewed in this synthesis showed reduced sediment movement with seeding. In all vegetation types, successful growth of seeded grasses—enough to affect erosion—appears to displace […]

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Invasive plants and fire in the deserts of North America

View synthesis. This synthesis discusses that fire can be used to either control invasive species or to restore historical fire regimes. However, the decision to use fire as a management tool must consider […]

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Problems in artificial and natural revegetation of the arid shadscale vegetation zone of Utah and Nevada

View article. This study highlights that vast areas of the arid shadscale zone have been rehabilitated through management, but direct plantings of both native and introduced species usually have failed. Future success will likely be with native plants, including shrubs, […]