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
The design and materials used in construction is critical to preventing structure loss during wildland urban interface (WUI) fires. This research helps planners and homeowners by ranking specific construction materials by fire safety effectiveness, then comparing their use to landscape-scale design attributes.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
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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.
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Join us for a three day workshop and poster session, followed by 1.5 days of field trips, dedicated to highlighting the importance of chaparral landscapes to the ecology, resources, and people of southern California.Read More