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Issue 130 | June 26, 2015

New Fire Science Digest:
Fire, Fuels & Streams-
Effects & Effectiveness of Riparian Treatments

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Modern Fire Management - New Fire Science Brief
New Fire Science Digest:

Fire, Fuels, and Streams: 

Effects and Effectiveness of
Riparian Treatments
 

Fire is an important disturbance in riparian systems -
consuming vegetation, increasing light, creating snags and debris flows, altering habitat structure, and affecting stream conditions, erosion, and hydrology. 

For many years, land managers have worked to keep fire out of riparian systems
through the use of buffers.

A number of our funded projects are shedding light on the dynamics of fire in riparian systems. Recent research and field practice have shown that: 

 - Riparian treatments can be beneficial and are not as risky as previously thought.

 - Riparian treatments need â€œGoldilocks” prescribed fire - not too hot and not too cold - to be beneficial.

"The key is deciding the point at which benefits of human intervention in the natural disturbance cycle outweigh the risks of not taking any action."
~ Josh McDaniel, Science Writer
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