Category: Ecological Research
Title: Effects of Fuel-Reduction Treatments on Pollinators in a Pinyon-Juniper Woodland (Arizona)
Author: * Nyoka, S.E.
Subject: Fuel reduction, Pinyon-Juniper, Pollinators
Abstract: Concern about uncontrollable wildfire in pinyon-juniper woodlands has led public land managers in the American Southwest to aggressively seek alternatives for reducing hazardous fuel loads. Currently, treatment methods are focused on reestablishment ofwoodland structure and reduction of fire hazards, yet restoration of functional processes such as pollination is critically important for long-term ecosystem susrainabiliry, Insect pollinators, particularly bees, are vital for maintaining understory plant diversity and productivity in natural plant communities. The study I describe here suggests that managers can simultaneously reduce fire hazards and support insect pollinators in southwestern pinyon-juniper woodlands through overstory thinning followed by prescribed burning.
Source: Ecological Restoration
Publisher: Society for Ecological Restoration International