How does salvage harvest change the forest landscape?
Harvesting standing dead trees dramatically changes how a beetle-kill forest site looks, and has potential implications for which tree species regrow and how quickly, as well as soils, water, and other ecosystem services. Vigorous tree recovery may be possible with the seed and seedling stock already present at the site, or may require site preparation, seeding, or biochar application. Perhaps most significantly, harvest dramatically alters the amount of fuel on the landscape, with potential repercussions for wildfire intensity in these dry, fire-regulated systems.
BANR Research Teams Addressing this Question:
- The Environmental Impacts team (Task 3.1) is evaluating local site-level environmental impacts of feedstock harvest to ensure adequate post-harvest forest regeneration and long-term sustainability
- The Biochar team (Task 3.2) is evaluating the full economic and GHG mitigation value of the biochar conversion co-product across a variety of agricultural, forestry, and environmental remediation applications