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Effects of prescribed fire on wildlife and wildlife habitat in selected ecosystems of North America

Author(s): William M. Block, L. Mike Conner, Paul A. Brewer, Paulette Ford, Jonathan Haufler, Andrea Litt, Ronald E. Masters, Laura R. Mitchell, Jane Park
Year Published: 2016
Description:

Prescribed fire is applied widely as a management tool in North America to meet various objectives such as reducing fuel loads and fuel continuity, returning fire to an ecosystem, enhancing wildlife habitats, improving forage, preparing seedbeds, improving watershed conditions, enhancing nutrient cycling, controlling exotic weeds, and enhancing resilience from climate change. Regardless of the particular objective, fire affects ecosystem structure, composition, and function in many ways.

Citation: Block, W.M.; Conner, L.M.; Brewer, P.A.; Ford, P.; Haufler, J.; Litt, A.; Masters, R.E.; Mitchell, L.R.; Park, J. 2016. Effects of prescribed fire on wildlife and wildlife habitat in selected ecosystems of North America. The Wildlife Society Technical Review 16-01. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. 69 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Wildlife, Fuel Treatments & Prescriptions
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Sagebrush steppe
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 14715
Record updated: Nov 7, 2016