Fire Ecology of Central Hardwood Forests

Daniel Yaussy
USDA Forest Service, Delaware

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Native Americans used fire to manage their environment. Early European settlers increased the use of these same methods when they arrived.

In the first part of the 20th century, states used fire suppression programs to reduce property loss. The removal of fire as an ecosystem process has affected the oak forest community. Mature forests in the central hardwoods region of the United States are dominated by an oak overstory. This overstory is being replaced by other tree species.

This science cafe will cover what research has shown us about reintroducing fire into these ecosystems, what we think will happen, and areas for further research.

Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.