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New CFSC Research Briefs:

Human Presence Diminishes the Importance of Climate in Determining U.S. Fire Activity

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers with the Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey showed that, across the U.S. on landscapes dominated by humans, climate has played a relatively small role in determining wildfire activity.
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Effects of Two Kinds of Fuel Treatments and Their Season after Ten Years in Northern CA Chaparral

This brief describes potential effects of two fuel treatment types for Northern California chaparral. Different scenarios involving prescribed fire, mastication and season (fall, winter, or spring) were explored to determine effects on chaparral and findings include recommendations on when and how to use treatments where necessary. View Research Brief PDF >

Evolution and Biogeography of Epicormic Resprouting

This brief describes the advantages and evolution of postfire epicormic resprouting, where trees resprout from the trunk or stem of trees. This form of resprouting is more rare than resprouting from the base of plants and occurs in Australia and South Africa, as well as in California, the Mediterranean Basin and the Canary Islands in the northern hemisphere. View Research Brief PDF >

Wildfire recovery: a ‘hot moment’ for adaptation? 

This research brief discusses national trends in rebuilding and new development after wildfire, as well as policy choices and adaptation measures local governments and communities pursued after fire, through case studies. View Research Brief PDF >