A 21st century perspective on postfire seeding

Journal of Forestry
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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.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A 21st century perspective on postfire seeding
Series title Journal of Forestry
DOI 10.1093/jof/104.2.103
Volume 104
Issue 2
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center, Western Ecological Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 103
Last page 104
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