Category: Ecological Research
Title: Tamm Review: Are Fuel Treatments Effective at Achieving Ecological and Social Objectives? A Systematic Review
Author: * Kalies, E.L., Yocom Kent, L.L.
Subject: Fuel Treatments, Social Implications
Abstract: Over the past 30 years there has been an increase in the size and frequency of stand-replacing wildfires in historically frequent-fire dry forests in the western U.S. The high fuel loads have resulted from man-agement activities that include fire suppression, logging, and grazing, combined with more severe drought conditions and increasing temperatures. Fuel reduction treatments designed to reduce fire haz-ard and improve overall ecosystem function have been increasing over the last decade. However, until recently, much of what we knew about treatment effectiveness was based on modeling and predictive studies. Now, there are many examples of wildfires burning through both treated and untreated areas, and the effectiveness of treatments versus no action can be evaluated empirically. We completed a sys-tematic review of relevant literature to address whether fuel treatments are effective at achieving eco-logical (restoring ecosystem structure, composition, and function) and social (saving human lives and property) objectives.
Type: Fact Sheet
Source: ERI - Fact Sheet
Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute