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Salvage logging effects on regulating ecosystem services and fuel loads

Leverkus, Alexandro B. and Gustafsson, Lena and Lindenmayer, David B. and Castro, Jorge and Rey Benayas, José María and Ranius, Thomas and Thorn, Simon (2020). Salvage logging effects on regulating ecosystem services and fuel loads. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 18 , 391-400
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Salvage logging, or logging after natural disturbances such as wildfires, insect outbreaks, and windstorms, is carried out to recover some of a forest's natural and/or economic capital. However, trade-offs between management objectives and a lack of consensus on the ecological consequences of salvage logging impair science-based decision making on the management of forests after natural disturbances. We conducted a global meta-analysis of the impacts of salvage logging on regulating ecosystem services and on fuel loads, as a frequent post-disturbance objective is preventing subsequent wildfires that could be fueled by the accumulation of dead trunks and branches. Salvage logging affected ecosystem services in a moderately negative way, regardless of disturbance type and severity, time elapsed since salvage logging, intensity of salvage logging, and the group of regulating ecosystem services being considered. However, prolonging the time between natural disturbance and salvage logging mitigated negative effects on regulating ecosystem services. Salvage logging had no overall effect on surface fuels; rather, different fuel types responded differently depending on the time elapsed since salvage logging. Delaying salvage logging by similar to 2-4 years may reduce negative ecological impacts without affecting surface fuel loads.

Authors/Creators:Leverkus, Alexandro B. and Gustafsson, Lena and Lindenmayer, David B. and Castro, Jorge and Rey Benayas, José María and Ranius, Thomas and Thorn, Simon
Title:Salvage logging effects on regulating ecosystem services and fuel loads
Series Name/Journal:Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:18
Page range:391-400
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:WILEY
ISSN:1540-9295
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-106723
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-106723
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DOI10.1002/fee.2219
Web of Science (WoS)000538586400001
ID Code:22124
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:04 Feb 2021 14:23
Metadata Last Modified:04 Feb 2021 14:31

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