Don't Fear the Fire - Using Prescribed Fire to Build Resilience to Drought and Beetle Attack
Media Type: Webinar
  • David R. Coyle
Distribution Contact(s):
  • David R. Godwin
    University of Florida
  • Southern Fire Exchange
Date: December 19, 2018

Cataloging Information

  • bark beetles
  • drought
  • fire adapted
  • fire-adapted ecosystems
  • Pinus spp.
  • rainfall
  • resilience
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Record Last Modified: September 4, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 57542


Some forest managers have had concerns that prescribed burning after drought will stress mature pines, and increase their susceptibility to beetle attack. However, this concern resulted in many missed opportunities for applying fire after a recent drought abated, as not burning was seen as the conservative option. The best science indicates the opposite is true: that regular prescribed burning lowers pine drought stress through control of hardwoods that compete for water. Also, regular burning creates a forest structure that can interfere with beetle communication and mating success.

Recording Length: 1:02:16
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