Natural experiment shows SPLAT fuel treatment efficacy: Research Brief

Strategically placed landscape area fuel treatments (SPLATs) in the Sierra Nevada were put to the test in this study when the American Fire burned through previously treated areas. Both fire effects and initial post-fire conifer regeneration were investigated.

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Tubbesing, C. L., Fry, D. L., Roller, G. B., Collins, B. M., Fedorova, V. A., Stephens, S. L., Battles, J. J., 2019. Strategically placed landscape fuel treatments decrease fire severity and promote recovery in the northern Sierra Nevada. Forest Ecology and Management. 436, 45–55.