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Project ID: 14-3-01-44

Year: 2014

Date Started: 09/01/2014

Date Completed: 09/28/2015

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




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

Student Investigator

Casey L. Brown

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Department of Biology & Wildlife

Project Locations

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