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Title: Science You Can Use Bulletin: Fire and forethought: Fire effects syntheses are a powerful tool for planning and management across resource fields

Author: Cooke, Brian; Smith, Jane Kapler; Innes, Robin; Fryer, Janet; Zouhar, Kris; Abrahamson, Ilana; Murphy, Shannon; Masin, Eva;

Date: 2015

Source: Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 16. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.

Publication Series: Science Bulletins and Newsletters

Description: The Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) team synthesizes information about wildland fires, their history in U.S. ecosystems, and their effects on U.S. wildland plants, lichens, and animals. Found at www.feis-crs.org/feis/, FEIS publications can be used for many purposes, including land use planning, restoration and rehabilitation planning, wildlife and range projects, and related environmental assessments and impact statements. While traditionally used for fire management decisions, FEIS can also be used for NEPA, restoration, and other planning needs by managers in other resource fields, including wildlife, plants, soils, hydrology, and roads. The main benefits are time savings and the unique knowledge that comes from the FEIS team’s synthesis skills, as they identify patterns and inconsistencies in information and show areas where further research is needed. While FEIS is based on literature that dates back more than 100 years and its published Species Reviews go back more than 20 years, the system is especially relevant today due to the overwhelming amount of information available online as well as emerging information on fire’s interactions with climate change, invasive species, and other disturbances such as drought and flooding. Recent upgrades to FEIS include more powerful search functions and the addition of Fire Regime Reports and Syntheses, which provide insight and value to land managers on historical patterns of fire occurrence and current changes in fuels and fire regimes.

Keywords: Fire Effects Information System (FEIS), wildland fires, history, effects, ecology

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Cooke, Brian; Smith, Jane Kapler; Innes, Robin; Fryer, Janet; Zouhar, Kris; Abrahamson, Ilana; Murphy, Shannon; Masin, Eva. 2015. Fire and forethought: Fire effects syntheses are a powerful tool for planning and management across resource fields. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 16. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.

 


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