The Joint Fire Science Program has funded more than 100 studies since 1998 to evaluate the underlying scientific basis and effectiveness of fuels treatments throughout the United States.
Fuels Treatment Findings from JFSP Studies
Appropriately designed fuel treatments substantially reduce fire intensity and detrimental ecological effects. In forest ecosystems that are adapted to frequent, low-intensity fires, the combination of thinning followed by the regular use of prescribed fire is most effective.
Fuels treatments can improve wildlife habitat, increase biodiversity, and increase forage production when they are designed with these considerations in mind.
Not all wildfires have negative impacts. A wildfire that burns under specific conditions can be an effective surrogate for a fuels treatment.