Fire Ecology - Research

The objectives of fire research at PRNS are two-fold. The primary research objective is to collect and analyze data on specific biological resources in a scientifically rigorous manner to determine positive or adverse effects of prescribed burning on targeted resources. The secondary objective is to improve the knowledge base about prescribed fire and wildfire such that fire research will contribute both to science and to fire management.

Research has been conducted by park staff and by outside researchers. It is the goal of the fire program at PRNS to continue in-park research efforts and to recruit high caliber research from outside organizations.



Harvey, Brian J., B. A. Holzman, and A. B. Forrestel, Forest Resilience Following Severe Wildfire in a Semi-Urban National Park, Fremontia, Volume 42, No. 3, pp. 14–18, 2014.

Forrestel, Alison B, M.A. Moritz, and S.L. Stephens, Landscape-Scale Vegetation Change following Fire in Point Reyes, California, USA, Fire Ecology, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp. 114–128, 2011 (1,217 KB PDF)

Ramage, B., A. Forrestel, M. Moritz, K. O'Hara, 2010. Long Term Monitoring of the Ecological Impacts of Sudden Oak Death in Point Reyes National Seashore: 2007–2009 (633 KB PDF)

Moritz, M., T. Moody, B. Ramage, A. Forrestel, 2008. Spatial distribution and impacts of Phytophthora ramorum and Sudden Oak Death in Point Reyes National Seashore (1,565 KB PDF)

U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 2005. Vision Fire: Lessons Learned from the October 1995 Fire. Point Reyes National Seashore, 98pp. (2.23 MB PDF)

R. Scott Anderson's Brown-bag Seminar Presentation "Contrasting Vegetation and Fire Histories on the Point Reyes Peninsula During the Pre-Settlement and Settlement Periods," February 2006 (5,198 KB PDF)

Anderson, R.S. 2005. Contrasting Vegetation and Fire Histories on the Point Reyes Peninsula During the Pre-Settlement and Settlement Periods: 15,000 Years of Change (1,155 KB PDF)

Anderson, R.S. 2001. Long-Term Fire History from Sedimentary Charcoal Analysis: the Wildcat Lake and Glenmire Sites (203 KB PDF)

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