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Tyler J. Hoecker, Monica G. Turner
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Fire Ecology
Ecosystem Changes
Successional Changes
Fire Effects
Ecological - Second Order
Recovery after fire

NRFSN number: 24770
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In fire-prone forests, postfire tree recovery may be limited by climate conditions and fire activity that exceed the range of conditions under which these forests evolved, leading to major shifts in forest structure and composition. Transformations of forest to sparse woodland, shrubland, or grassland are emerging in forests where fire return intervals fall below the time it takes for trees to mature and produce cones, in places affected by drought, and in trailing-edge populations. However, fire-prone forests are diverse in species’ traits and climatic setting, suggesting that responses to changes in climate and fire activity will vary.


Hoecker T, and Turner MG. 2022. Short-interval high severity reburns change the playing for forest recovery. Northern Rockies Fire Science Network Science Brief No. 14 (Aug 2022), 4p.