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Wildfires result in loss of forests reserved by Northwest Forest Plan
Date:11/7/2008

ble amount of old growth would have been protected, even though some would have been lost to harvest."

Other conclusions listed in the paper are:

  • Other studies indicate that warmer springs and summers and earlier snowmelt contribute to the dry conditions that produces more fires in the West. These factors may have contributed to the fires that burned up the old forests during the last decade.

  • The Government Accounting Office says that money appropriated for fuel treatments (1999 to 2003) has instead been used to fight fires.

  • Comprehensive landscape-level plans will be needed to reduce risk of loss of older forests to fire.

  • Federal managers should consider increasing fire prevention and suppression treatments in dry regions as climate change may lead to more fire.


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Contact: Sherri Richardson Dodge
srichardsondodge@fs.fed.us
503-808-2137
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
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