How does wildlife respond when forest management helps to reduce #wildfire risk?
Forest managers in the western United States often face difficult
choices when it comes to reducing wildfire hazards while also
maintaining wildlife habitat in forests that have changed dramatically
in the last century.
The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest
Research Station and partners are working to find the balance between
forest restoration and habitat conservation in a new era of forest
1st photo: Research highlights the challenge of meeting multiple forest
management objectives, such as reducing wildfire risk while maintaining
habitat for sensitive species like the California spotted owl. (Photo
by John S. Senser, U.S. Forest Service)
2nd photo: Deer mice and
chipmunks were among the dominant small mammals in the study area and
were mostly unaffected by the fuel reduction treatments. (Photo by David
Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org)