Rooted in Research
February 2021 Rooted in Research Webinar
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:30 – 1:30 PM EST
Dr. Nick Skowronski, Research Forester
Current quantitative fuel loading and fire effects methods are time-intensive, expensive, do not adequately describe forest structure, and are not repeatable. Northern Research Station scientists are working to develop and validate a simple field protocol for collecting Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) data and an automated processing routine for the estimation of pre- and post- fire 3-D fuel and fire effects variables.
Dr. Michael R. Gallagher, Research Ecologist
Ticks are a critical vector of infectious diseases to humans. Anecdotal evidence suggests that controlled burning once was thought to be an important control of ticks in the eastern United States. Over the past 100+ years, the “fire suppression” era has marked a substantial loss of prescribed fire in many eastern forests, while at the same time many other factors have marked the rise of tick populations. Given what we now know about tick ecology and fire effects, it is plausible that fire could sustain reductions in ticks. New research by the Northern Research Station compares tick populations between burned and unburned pine. Results demonstrate important linkages between tick populations and fire frequency and severity that may reduce habitat quality for ticks.