Birds and Burns Network
Fire Effects on Populations and Habitats of Sensitive Species of Wildlife in Dry Mixed Conifer Forests of the Interior West
Our Goal: Understand Ecological Consequences of Fire Management for Wildlife in Dry Mixed Conifer Forests of the Interior West
The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is leading the effort to examine fire effects on populations and habitats of wildlife in dry mixed conifer forests in eight states across the western United States, including locations on National Forests, National Parks, and state and private lands (see map). Our goal is to understand the ecological consequences of fire management for wildlife in dry mixed conifer forests. The target wildlife species are cavity-nesting birds and songbirds (also small mammals at selected locations). Cavity-nesting birds are a focus of this research because many of them depend on fire-maintained habitats for their dispersal and movements, they are designated as Management Indicator Species (MIS) and Sensitive Species by state and federal agencies, and they are responsive to timber and fire management activities. Funding was provided primarily by the Joint Fire Sciences Program (01-1-3-25), the National Fire Plan (02.RMS.C.2), and Rocky Mountain Research Station (4251), with matching dollars contributed by the individual units (see map). Our primary collaborators are those listed on the map, Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region, Pacific Northwest Research Station, The Nature Conservancy, and several universities.