Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help
 

Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (1.0 MB byte)

Title: Wildlife adaptations and management in eastside interior forests with mixed severity fire regimes.

Author: Lehmkuhl, John F.;

Date: 2004

Source: Symposium Proc. Mixed Severity Fire Regimes: 177-186

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Little is known about the effects of mixed severity fire on wildlife, but a population viability analysis framework that considers habitat quantity and quality, species life history, and species population structure can be used to analyze management options. Landscape-scale habitat patterns under a mixed severity fire regime are a mosaic of compositional and structural stages created by a patchy distribution of fire severity. Live and dead early-seral trees are important within stand habitat elements. Are fauna of interior mixed severity forest well adapted to these natural patterns and processes? If true, then a coarse filter approach would be an appropriate management strategy. I used species habitat data to assess the percentage of breeding species associated with early- and late-seral conditions, snags, and down wood in three dominant interior forest types with low, moderate, and high severity fire regimes. Wildlife appear well adapted to patchy mixed severity landscapes. Analysis showed that fauna in the mixed severity Eastside, Mixed Conifer Forest of eastern Washington and Oregon was a mix of faunal elements from low severity ponderosa pine and high severity Montane Mixed Conifer Forest. Most species were classed as seral/structural stage generalists (44%) or closed-canopy associates (40%). Two families of species of conservation concern need to be considered for additional fine-filter considerations: low elevation old forest associates and broad elevation old forest associates. The latter group is a quintessential mixed severity group of species, with species associated variously with vegetation conditions created by varying fire severity. The life history of each, e.g. mobility relative to habitat patchiness, needs to be considered to design fuel or forest restoration management projects.

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to pnw_pnwpubs@fs.fed.us to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)

XML: View XML

Citation:


Lehmkuhl, John F. 2004. Wildlife adaptations and management in eastside interior forests with mixed severity fire regimes. Symposium Proc. Mixed Severity Fire Regimes: 177-186

 


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.