As the number and size of large-scale wildfires increase, post-fire salvage logging will continue to be a contentious form of timber management. Some individuals that argue for post-fire salvage logging say that the prompt harvesting of these trees is vital due to the rapid decline in economic value post-fire. Proponents against note the vital importance of these trees to cavity-nesting birds among other wildlife, as well as the ecological side-effects to a sudden and massive removal of overstory trees.
The publications and media gathered in on this page were brought to you by The Northern Rockies Fire Science Network in partnership with The University of Idaho. They address the effects of salvage logging on plants, biodiversity, and cavity-nesting birds. Other topics include soil, sediment production, mountain pine beetles, and riparian system effects.