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Issue 84  | February 28, 2014

Synthesis of Knowledge:

Effects of Fire and Fire Surrogates on
Wildlife in U.S. Dry Forests 
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Across the United States, increased recognition of the central role of fire in maintaining forest structure and function has contributed to a shift in land management from fire exclusion to fire reintroduction in fire-dependent forests. 
 
This document represents a synthesis of existing knowledge on wildlife responses to fire and fire-surrogate treatments, presented in a useful, management-relevant format. 
Based on scoping meetings and dialogue with public lands managers from throughout the United States, this synthesis provides detailed, species-level, summary tables for project biologists and fire managers trying to anticipate the effects of fire and fire-surrogate treatments on local wildlife species.

Results are presented in a series of “look-up” tables in the appendices designed for managers to refer to in project planning when they need regional and national information on the responses of species in their region to different potential management treatments. The tables include:

  • Summary and details of existing scientific literature
  • Scientific and common names and conservation status (Federal, regional, and state) of wildlife taxa
  • Wildlife response to fire and fire surrogate treatments within each ecoregion
  • Wildlife response to fire and fire surrogate treatment across ecoregions

Summaries are included for the following ecoregions: 

Map of ecoregions included in the study

  • Pacific mixed-conifer
  • Interior mixed-conifer
  • Pine west
  • Pine East
  • Eastern hardwood
  • Great Lakes
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