New Research Brief: Pyrodiversity Promotes Avian Diversity in Semi-Arid Forests

New Research Brief: Pyrodiversity Promotes Avian Diversity in Semi-Arid Forests

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.

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New Research Brief: Relative Importance of Building Materials on Structure Survival in San Diego County WUI Wildfires

New Research Brief: Relative Importance of Building Materials on Structure Survival in San Diego County WUI Wildfires

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.

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Update: Central & Southern Region have updated their bibliographies

Update: Central & Southern Region have updated their bibliographies

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). 

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New Research Brief: Ecological Correlates With Resprouting and Seeding

New Research Brief: Ecological Correlates With Resprouting and Seeding

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."

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New Research Brief: What affects fire behavior more, climate or fuels?

The authors examined the relationship between fuels and fire behavior by examining how fire suppression has affected fire severity in different forest ecosystems in California. The authors tested the hypothesis that fire behavior is limited by fuel availability in some California forests where climatic conditions during the fire season are nearly always conducive to burning and the primary limiting factor for fire ignition and spread is the presence of sufficient fuel.

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Steel, Z. L., H. D. Safford, and J. H. Viers. 2015. The fire frequency-severity relationship and the legacy of fire suppression in California forests. Ecosphere 6(1):8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00224.1

New Management Consideration: Prescribed burning and the drought: go or no go?

New Management Consideration: Prescribed burning and the drought: go or no go?

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. 

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CFSC Website Makeover

You may have noticed that CaFireSci.org looks a little different and we hope you're as excited about it as we are!  Be sure to check out the navigation toolbar on the left. Here, you can find research briefs/webinars/other products through the topic or the type of article. Another great new feature is our upcoming events page. Now you can see webinars, field trips, and other events on a calendar view. 

While our site is up, there may still be a few errors in the next few weeks, please bear with us. If you do find any site problems or if you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our website manager Stacey Frederick (ssfrederick@berkeley.edu).