Two related studies in the Sierra Nevada are showing the connection between restoring fire and a more resilient watershed. Read more about fire, healthy forests, and water in the below briefs:Read More
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has a new UC peer-reviewed publication on what private forest landowners can do after a wildfire. This guide explains fire effects, post-fire management concerns, and has numerous resources to assist you with your fire recovery.
Overall, the results of this study add support to the existing theory that diverse fire increases biodiversity in certain ecosystems. Specifically, this study showed that higher diversity of fire severity patterns within a fire lead to more bird diversity, especially in the fire prone semi-arid forests of the Sierra Nevada.Read More
These research bibliographies databases cover topics relevant to the central and southern California and other Mediterranean ecosystems worldwide. The master bibliography has over 25,000 references as of December 2015.
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This region has over a hundred research briefs. The below are publication lists of all Central and Southern California region-related briefs. They include the title of each brief with the original reference (i.e. a journal article citation).Read More
In northern, southern, coastal, and interior California, examples exist of paired sibling Arctostaphylos subspecies exhibiting two alternate life strategies for surviving disturbance: resprouting and obligate seeding. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe how natural selection might favor one life strategy type over another, particularly in “an era of rapid climate change."Read More
Research brief based on:
Abella, S.R., L.P. Chiquoine, E.C. Engel, K.E. Kleinick, F.S. Edwards. 2015. Enhancing quality of desert tortoise habitat: augmenting native forage and cover plants. Journal of Fish and Management 6: 278-289. doi: 10.3996/022015-JFWM-013
Management Consideration for Resource Managers
One topic that is generating a great deal of interest among fire management professionals as California enters the fall prescribed fire season is whether we should be burning during this fourth year of drought. This brief outlines some factors to consider when asking this question.Read More
Wow! Our Central and Southern California region has been busy this summer creating new briefs. Click the links below to visit all these new resources.