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Science. 2006 Jan 20;311(5759):352. Epub 2006 Jan 5.

Post-wildfire logging hinders regeneration and increases fire risk.

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  • 1Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA. dan.donato@oregonstate.edu

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We present data from a study of early conifer regeneration and fuel loads after the 2002 Biscuit Fire, Oregon, USA, with and without postfire logging. Natural conifer regeneration was abundant after the high-severity fire. Postfire logging reduced median regeneration density by 71%, significantly increased downed woody fuels, and thus increased short-term fire risk. Additional reduction of fuels is necessary for effective mitigation of fire risk. Postfire logging can be counterproductive to the goals of forest regeneration and fuel reduction.

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