Lessons of the Hayman fire: weeds, woodpeckers and fire severity

TitleLessons of the Hayman fire: weeds, woodpeckers and fire severity
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2008
Series TitleFire Science Research Brief
Document Number68
InstitutionJoint Fire Science Program
Keywordsfish and wildlife habitat, jsfp fire science briefs and digests

This project took advantage of pre-fi re data gathered within the perimeter of Colorado’s 2002 Hayman Fire. Researchers studied the unique fi re regime of Front Range ponderosa pine forests, and fi re effects on understory-plant communities and American Three-toed Woodpeckers. Results confirmed that historically, the diverse structure of these forests was maintained by a mixed-severity fi re regime that included large areas of severe fi re. In addition, researchers found that much of the burn meets habitat requirements for American Three-toed Woodpeckers, and that understory plant species that were present before the fi re returned afterward, with only a slight increase in the number of exotic species.