Wildfires elicit a perceived need for emergency action to stabilize denuded landscapes. Aerial seeding of rapidly growing nonnative grasses is used routinely in an attempt to control postfire erosion, despite limited scientific basis for its effectiveness and with little consideration for its unintended ecological impacts. As fire size and magnitude have increased in recent decades, so has the prevalence and cost of postfire seeding and the potential footprint of its unintended impacts. We see a growing consensus in the research community on two important points: this management practice often is not cost-effective and it appears to create more problems than it solves.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||A 21st century perspective on postfire seeding|
|Series title||Journal of Forestry|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Contributing office(s)||Western Ecological Research Center, Fort Collins Science Center|