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Fire Rehabilitation Effects and Effectiveness

Mitigation of ecological damage caused by rangeland wildfires focuses on conservation of ecosystem function through reducing soil erosion and spread of invasive plants. The overall effectiveness of these treatments is variable, and their necessity has been debated recently. We conduct research projects and synthesize findings to determine if mitigation treatments: 1) protect ecosystems against soil erosion and 2) reduce invasion or abundance of undesirable, non-native plant species. In addition, we work with management agencies to develop science-based monitoring protocols and to access long-term impacts of these treatments on ecosystem processes. More information is available on our Standardized Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Monitoring Protocols page.

Research Team

Restoration and Ecology of Arid Lands - Team Page

Primary Investigator

Pyke, David A. - View Profile

Related Publications

Pyke, D.A., Pilliod, D.S., Chambers, J.C., Brooks, M.L., Grace, J.B., 2014, Fire rehabilitation effectiveness- A chronosequence approach for the Great Basin: Joint Fire Science Program, p. 1-34. [Details]

Knutson, K.C., Pyke, D.A., Wirth, T., Arkle, R.S., Pilliod, D.S., Brooks, M.L., Chambers, J.C., Grace, J.B., 2014, Long-term effects of seeding after wildfire on vegetation in Great Basin shrubland ecosystems: Journal of Applied Ecology, v. 51, no. 5, p. 1414-1424,[Details]

Pyke, D.A., Wirth, T.A., Beyers, J.L., 2013, Does seeding after wildfires in rangelands reduce erosion or invasive species?: Restoration Ecology, v. 21, no. 4, p. 415-421,[Details]

Louhaichi, M., Pyke, D.A., Shaff, S.E., Johnson, D.E., 2013, Monitoring restoration impacts to endemic plant communities in soil inclusions of arid environments: International Journal of Agriculture and Biology, v. 15, no. 4, p. 767-771. [Details]

Wirth, T.A., Pyke, D.A., 2011, Effectiveness of Post-Fire Seeding at the Fitzner-Eberhardt Arid Land Ecology Reserve, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1241, p. 42. [Details]

Pyke, D.A., Brooks, M.L., D'Antonio, C.D., 2010, Fire as a restoration tool- A decision framework for predicting the control or enhancement of plants using fire: Restoration Ecology, v. 18, no. 3, p. 274-284. [Details]

Webpage: Fire Rehabilitation Effectiveness: A Chronosequence Approach for the Great Basin  [Details][Link] Pyke, D.A., Pilliod, D.S., Chambers, J.C., Brooks, M.L., Grace, J.,

Wirth, T.A., Pyke, D.A., 2009, Final Report for Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Treatment Monitoring of the Keeney Pass, Cow Hollow, Double Mountain, and Farewell Bend Fires: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1152, p. 62. [Details]

Knutson, K.C., Pyke, D.A., Wirth, T.A., Pilliod, D.S., Brooks, M.L., Chambers, J.C., 2009, A Chronosequence Feasibility Assessment of Emergency Fire Rehabilitation Records within the Intermountain Western United States - Final report to the Joint Fire Science Program - Project 08-S-08: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1099, p. 20. [Details]

Wirth, T.A., Pyke, D.A., 2007, Monitoring Post-fire Vegetation Rehabilitation Projects- A Common Approach for Non-forested Ecosystems (ES&R): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5048, p. 36. [Details]

Webpage: Monitoring Post-fire Vegetation Rehabilitation Projects: A Common Approach for Non-forested Ecosystems (ES&R)  [Details][Link] Wirth, T.A., Pyke, D.A.,

Wirth, T.A., Pyke, D.A., 2006, Monitoring post-fire rehabilitation projects- Testing a common strategy in non-forested ecosystems[abs.]: 2006 Fire Ecology and Management Proceedings, p. 2. [Details]

Dalzell, C.R., 2004, Post-Fire Establishment of Vegetation Communities Following Reseeding on Southern Idaho's Snake River Plain: Boise, ID, Boise State University, p. 112. [Details]

McArthur, T.O., 2004, Emergency Fire Rehabilitation of BLM Lands in the Great Basin- Revegetation and Monitoring -- M.S. Thesis: Corvallis, OR, Oregon State University, p. 65. [Details]

Pyke, D.A., 2002, Born of Fire - Restoring Sagebrush Steppe: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet Fact Sheet 126-02 p. 2. [Details]

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