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Project ID: 14-3-01-44

Year: 2014

Date Started: 09/01/2014

Ending Date:  09/30/2015

Title: Understanding the effects of wildfire severity on moose habitat characteristics and use in Interior, Alaska

Project Proposal Abstract: Wildfire is the most frequent ecological disturbance in the boreal forest and recent studies have documented an increase in the frequency and severity of wildfires in interior Alaska under a changing climate. Disturbance-generated landscape heterogeneity, such as fire, can directly influence wildlife distribution and habitat selection. Fire severity, in particular, can influence the seeding of favorable browse species affecting forage production. Although it is generally accepted that burns can benefit moose populations through regeneration of habitat, the extent of habitat use following burns is unknown. The main objective of this project is to evaluate the effects of a regenerating burn, paying particular attention to fire severity, on moose nutrition, habitat use, activity patterns, and hunter harvest rates. The results from this project will provide an opportunity for researchers to incorporate information into future management strategies that maximize the positive effect of natural wildfire for both moose nutrition and harvest.

Principal Investigator: Knut K. Kielland

Agency/Organization: University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Branch or Dept: Department of Biology & Wildlife


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Samantha K. Aleshire

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Institute of Arctic Biology

Budget Contact

Rachell R. Peterson

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Institute of Arctic Biology

Co-Principal Investigator

Eugenie S. Euskirchen

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Institute of Arctic Biology

Stage 2 Lead Reviewer

Sara H. Brown

New Mexico Highlands University

Natural Resources Management

Stage 2 Reviewer

Fernando Garcia Menendez

Georgia Institute of Technology

School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Stage 2 Reviewer

Brian J. Harvey

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Zoology

Stage 2 Reviewer

Jeffrey M. Kane

Humboldt State University

Department of Forestry & Wildland Resources

Stage 2 Reviewer

Monique E. Rocca

Colorado State University

Department of Forest, Rangeland & Watershed Stewardship

Student Investigator

Casey L. Brown

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Department of Biology & Wildlife


Project Locations

Consortium

Alaska


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

AK

STATE

State Lands


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