Modeling biotic habitat high risk areas

Don G. Despain, Paul Beier, Cathy Tate, Bruce M. Durtsche, Tom Stephens

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Fire, especially stand replacing fire, poses a threat to many threatened and endangered species as well as their habitat. On the other hand, fire is important in maintaining a variety of successional stages that can be important for other animals such as elk. Methods are given here on a variety of ways to approach risk assessment to assist in prioritizing areas for allocation of fire mitigation funds. One example looks at assessing risk to the species and biotic communities of concern followed by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. One looks at the risk to Mexican spotted owls. Another looks at the risk to cutthroat trout, and a fourth considers the general effects of fire and elk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-117
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Sustainable Forestry
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Habitat
  • Succession
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • Wildfire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Food Science
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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