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New publication in Ecosphere!

posted Feb 2, 2017, 2:21 PM by Alec Kretchun   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 2:35 PM ]
A recently published manuscript by lead author Dan Krofcheck (U of New Mexico) entitled "Restoring surface fire stabilizes forest carbon under extreme fire weather in the Sierra Nevada", features co-authorship by Dr Robert Scheller, former lab member Dr Louise Loudermilk, and Dr Matthew Hurteau!

The team focused on the effects of fuel treatments on fire severity and carbon dynamics under both contemporary and extreme fire weather in the Dinkey Creek Collaborative Forest Restoration Project Area. They found that under contemporary fire weather, treatments had little effect on fire severity because of the low probability of fire occurrence. However, with simulations using extreme fire weather, the thin and maintenance burning decreased the proportion of the study area that experienced high-severity fire (figure below). Check out the attached research brief for more info on results and management implications. Nice work all!
 


Citation: Krofcheck DJ, MD Hurteau, RM Scheller, EL Loudermilk. 2017. Restoring surface fire stabilizes forest carbon under extreme fire weather in the Sierra Nevada. Ecosphere 8(1):e01663
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Alec Kretchun,
Feb 2, 2017, 2:21 PM
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