Classic CFSC Research Briefs
Start off your new year by brushing up on some classic California fire science - this sampling of some of the CFSC's research briefs from 2012 will help:
Basic Principles of Forest Fuel Reduction Treatments.
Agee, J.K., C.N. Skinner. 2005. Basic principles of forest fuel reduction treatments. Forest Ecology and Management 211: 83-96. Article full text
Ecology of mixed-severity fire regimes.
Interactions among wildland fires in a long-established Sierra Nevada natural fire area.
Perry, D.A., P.F. Hessburg, C.N. Skinner, T.A. Spies, S.L. Stephens, A.H. Taylor, J.F. Franklin, B. McComb, and G. Riegel. 2011. The ecology of mixed severity fire regimes in Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Forest Ecology and Management, 262: 703-717. Article full text
Collins B.M., J.D. Miller, A.E. Thode, M. Kelly, J.W. van Wagtendonk, and S.L. Stephens. 2009. Interactions among wildland fires in a long-established Sierra Nevada natural fire area. Ecosystems 12:114-128. Article full text
PSW-GTR-220: An ecosystem management strategy for Sierran mixed-conifer forests.
North, Malcolm, Peter Stine, Kevin O’Hara, William Zielinski, and Scott Stephens. 2009. An ecosystem management strategy for Sierran mixed-conifer forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-220. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 49 p. Article full text
Forest fuel reduction treatments do a lot of good and not a lot of harm.
Stephens, Scott L.; McIver, James D.; Boerner, Ralph E.J.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Fontaine, Joseph B.; Hartsough, Bruce R.; Kennedy, Patricia L.; and Dylan W. Schwilk. 2011. Effects of forest fuel-reduction treatments in the United States. Bioscience 63:549-560. Article full text
Fuel treatment effectiveness in California yellow pine and mixed conifer forests
Safford, H.D., J.T. Stevens, K. Merriam, M.D. Meyer, and A.M. Latimer. 2012. Fuel treatment effectiveness in California yellow pine and mixed conifer forests. Forest Ecology and Management 274: 17-28. Article full text
Managing Mediteranean forests under a changing climate.
September 2011. Stephens, S.L., C.I.
Millar, and B.M.
Collins. 2010. Operational approaches to managing forests of the future in Mediterranean regions within a context of changing climates. Environmental Research Letters 5:1-9. Article full text
Very Limited Age-Dependent Burning in Chaparral.
Moritz, M. A. 2003. Spatiotemporal analysis of controls on shrubland fire regimes: age dependency and fire hazard. Ecology 84:351-361. Article full text
Do 1% of Fires Cause 99% of the Acres Burned?
L. Bednar, and R. Mees. 1989. Do one percent of forest fires cause ninety-nine percent of the damage? Forest Science 35:319-328. Article full text
Type-converting Chaparral is Bad for Biodiversity.
Keeley, J.E. 2005. Fire as a threat to biodiversity in fire-type shrublands, pp 97-106. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report, PSW-GTR-195. Article full text
Non-resprouting Chaparral is Decimated by Repeated Fires.
S. D. Davis, and S. L. Fabritius. 2004. Fire frequency impacts non-sprouting chaparral shrubs in the Santa Monica mountains of southern California, [no pagination]. In M. Arianoutsou and V.P.
Panastasis (eds), Ecology, Conservation and Management of Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems. Millpress, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Article full text
Model Forecasts of a Seasonal Shift in Santa Ana Winds.
Miller, N. L. and N. J. Schlegel. 2006. Climate change projected fire weather sensitivity: California Santa Ana wind occurrence. Geophysical Research Letters 33:L15711. Article full text
Balancing the Carbon Costs and Benefits of Fuels Management.
Chiono, Lindsay. 2011. California Fire Science Consortium and UC Berkeley Wildland Fire Science Laboratory.
Miller, J.D., and H. Safford. 2012. Trends in wildfire severity: 1984 to 2010 in the Sierra Nevada, Modoc Plateau, and southern Cascades, California, USA
. Fire Ecology 8(3): 41-57. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803041
Krasnow, K.D., A.S. Halford, and S.L. Stephens. Aspen restoration in the eastern Sierra Nevada: effectiveness of prescribed fire and conifer removal
. Fire Ecology 8(3): 104-118. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803104.
Holl, S.A., V.C. Bleich, B.W. Callenberger, and B. Bahro. 2012. Simulated effects of two fire regimes on bighorn sheep: the San Gabriel Mountains, California, USA
. Fire Ecology 8(3): 88-103. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803088
Gabrielson, A.T., A.J. Larson, J.A. Lutz, and J.J. Reardon. 2012. Biomass and burning characteristics of sugar pine cones
. Fire Ecology 8(3): 58-70. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803058
WERC USGS brief for
: van Mantgem, Phillip J, JCB Nesmith, M Keifer, M Brooks. 2012. Tree mortality patterns following prescribed fire for Pinus and Abies across the southwestern United States. Forest Ecology and Management
289: 463-469. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.09.029