Environmental effects of postfire logging: literature review and annotated bibliography
Document Type: Report
Author(s): James D. McIver; Lynn Starr
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • Arizona
  • Australia
  • bibliographies
  • bibliography
  • clearcutting
  • coniferous forests
  • deciduous forests
  • disturbance
  • down wood
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • habitat structure
  • hardwood forest
  • hydrology
  • Idaho
  • Israel
  • literature review
  • logging
  • Montana
  • mountains
  • Oregon
  • pine forests
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • ponderosa pine
  • post-fire logging
  • post-fire recovery
  • regeneration
  • salvage
  • salvage harvest
  • stand characteristics
  • vegetation surveys
  • Washington
  • watersheds
  • wildfires
  • wildlife habitat
  • woody plants
  • Yellowstone National Park
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Record Last Modified: July 31, 2023
FRAMES Record Number: 6002
Tall Timbers Record Number: 12217
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.


The scientific literature on logging after wildfire is reviewed, with a focus on environ-mental effects of logging and removal of large woody structure. Rehabilitation, the practice of planting or seeding after logging, is not reviewed here. Several publications are cited that can be described as 'commentaries,' intended to help frame the public debate. We review 21 postfire logging studies and interpret them in the context of how wildfire itself affects stands and watersheds. Results of this review are summarized in 16 major conclusions at the end of the text, most of which are based on results of no more than a handful of studies. The review is followed by an annotated bibliography and an index. Copies of all papers reviewed here are held by the Blue Mountains Natural Resources Institute, at the Forestry and Range Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest Research Station, La Grande, OR.

Online Link(s):
McIver, James D.; Starr, Lynn. 2000. Environmental effects of postfire logging: literature review and annotated bibliography. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-486. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 72 p.