Post-fire Reforestation Considerations

 

Ryan Tompkins, USDA Forest Service Plumas National Forest, Forest Silviculturist and Vegetation Management Officer

 Post-fire environments are dynamic and complex and trends of recent fires within the Sierra mixed conifer type include uncharacteristically large areas of high vegetation burn severity.  These trends add to the complexity of opportunities and challenges for post-fire restoration efforts -  a key component of which is reforestation.  This webinar will discuss post-fire considerations for reforestation strategies and implementation on public lands.  The discussion of these considerations will touch on strategy to balance both ecological and investment risk and return, managing for natural regeneration, fuel trajectories, competing vegetation, and growth and development of forest structure, and the realities and logistics of implementation such as safety, access, scale, and organizational capacity. 

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Articles cited in webinar:

Lydersen, Jamie M., et al.  2013. Quantifying spatial patterns of tree groups and gaps in mixed-conifer forests: reference conditions and long-term changes following fire suppression and logging. Forest Ecology and Management 304: 370-382.
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McDonald and Fiddler. 2010. Twenty-five years of managing vegetation in conifer plantations in northern and central California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-231
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North, Stine, O’Hara, Zielinski, & Stephens. 2009. An ecosystem management strategy for Sierran mixed-conifer forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-220
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