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A 21st century perspective on postfire seeding

January 1, 2006

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2006
Title A 21st century perspective on postfire seeding
DOI 10.1093/jof/104.2.103
Authors J. E. Keeley, Craig D. Allen, J. Betancourt, G.W. Chong, C. J. Fotheringham, H.D. Safford
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Forestry
Index ID 1008350
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center; Western Ecological Research Center