Key issues in fire regime research for fuels management and ecological restoration
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Thomas T. Veblen
Editor(s): Philip N. Omi; Linda A. Joyce
Publication Year: 2003

Cataloging Information

  • ecological restoration
  • fire regimes
  • fire return interval
  • fuels management
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Record Last Modified: April 10, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 13209


The premise behind many projects aimed at wildfire hazard reduction and ecological restoration in forests of the western United States is the idea that unnatural fuel buildup has resulted from suppression of formerly frequent fires. This premise and its implications need to be critically evaluated by conducting area-specific research in the forest ecosystems targeted for fuels or ecological restoration projects. Fire regime researchers need to acknowledge the limitations of fire history methodology and avoid over-reliance on summary fire statistics such as mean fire interval and rotation period. While fire regime research is vitally important for informing decisions in the areas of wildfire hazard mitigation and ecological restoration, there is much need for improving the way researchers communicate their results to managers and the way managers use this information.

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Veblen, Thomas T. 2003. Key issues in fire regime research for fuels management and ecological restoration. Pages 259-275. In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A. (technical editors). Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Ecological Restoration: Conference Proceedings: 16-18 April 2002: Fort Collins, Colorado. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.