I hope you’ll read our recent Fire Science Digest on Bark Beetles. Our intent with this publication was to present the differing views and uncertainty about fire management in beetle-killed forests. It’s not the final and definitive word on the subject by a long shot.
We'll continue to make research investments in the complex relationships surrounding fire management in beetle-killed forests. Our promise is to keep you supplied with the latest research on this and many other topics as new information becomes available. While we're at it we'd like to point you to a few more resources and science perspectives:
Utah State University's excellent web page on bark beetles and fire.
Colorado's Forests and the Pine Beetle Epidemic
Professor Jeff Mitton and researchers from the University of Colorado explain the connection between the unprecedented mountain pine beetles epidemic and climate change in Colorado.
Part of the series "Climate and Colorado's Future," produced by the Office of University Outreach at the University of Colorado Boulder, Sovereign Pictures, and Landlocked Films.
And another batch of recent publications....
Fuels and Fire Behavior Dynamics in Bark Beetle-Attacked Forests in Western North America and Implications for Fire Management (pdf)
Jenkins, MJ, Page, WG, Hebertson, EG, Alexander, ME. 2012. Forest Ecology and Management. 275:23-34. (prepress version)
Wildfire Provides Refuge from Local Extinction But is an Unlikely Driver of Outbreaks By Mountain Pine Beetle (pdf)
Powell,EN, Townsend, PA, Raffa, KF. 2012. Ecological Monographs, 82(1):69-84
Do Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks Change the Probability of Active Crown Fire in Lodgepole Pine Forests? (pdf)
Simard, M, Romme, WH, Griffin, JM, Turner, MG. 2011. Ecological Monographs, 81(1):3-24
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