From the Ecological Restoration Institute:
“To learn more about the effectiveness of managing wildfires to meet restoration goals, ecologists at the Ecological Restoration Institute have been working to better understand the ecological outcomes of wildfire applications and the conditions under which practitioners can expect beneficial results.
A new article in the International Journal of Wildland Fire contributes to this line of research. In the study, a team of ERI-NAU ecologists tested the long-term effects of managed wildfire on three different forest types (pine-oak, mixed-conifer, and spruce fir). The researchers analyzed data from a remeasurement of permanent monitoring plots on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park 12 years after three wildfires were allowed to burn to meet resource objectives in 2003. The ecologists evaluated fire outcomes and measured effects on forest structure and species composition.”
Read the journal article and summary fact sheet.