Working for better management within the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest


Here we have presented some reading material that was helpful in our research and will also shed further light on historical and current case studies on thinning and fire mitigation practices. We invite you to send us additional citations and links using the "About Us" contact form for consideration to supplement this page.


Stop Thinning Forests

John Muir Project

California Chaparral
Sierra Forest Legacy

Swan View Coalition

Lick Creek ponderosa forest after cutting - falsely misrepresented by USFS in 1983 & 2000 reports as natural condition of a ponderosa pine forest.


Examining Historical and Current Mixed-Severity Fire Regimes in Ponderosa Pine and Mixed-Conifer Forests of Western North America - Dennis C. Odion, Chad T. Hanson, Andre ́ Arsenault, William L. Baker, Dominick A. DellaSala, Richard L. Hutto, Walt Klenner, Max A. Moritz, Rosemary L. Sherriff, Thomas T. Veblen, Mark A. Williams
Historical, Observed, and Modeled Wildfire Severity in Montane Forests of the Colorado Front Range - Rosemary L. Sherriff, Rutherford V. Platt, [...], and Meredith H. Gartner 2014
Historical Fire Regimes in Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Colorado Front Range, and Recommendations for Ecological Restoration and Fuels Management - Kaufmann, Veblen, Romme - 2006

The Wildland Urban Interface Fire Problem - A Consequence of the Fire Exclusion Paradigm - Jack Cohen - 2008

Fire Probability, Fuel Treatment Effectiveness and Ecological Tradeoffs in Western U.S. Public Forests - Jonathan J. Rhodes1 and William L. Baker - 2008
Objectives and considerations for wildland fuel treatment in forested ecosystems of the interior western United States - Elizabeth D. Reinhardt,  et al. - 2008
Fuelbreaks for Wildland Fire Management: A Moat or a Drawbridge for Ecosystem Fire Restoration? - Timothy Ingalsbee - 2005
The Fourmile Canyon Fire Findings - 2012

Hayman Fire Case Study - R.Graham, Finney, Romme, Cohen, Robichaud 2003

Historical, Observed, and Modeled Wildfire Severity in Montane Forests of the Colorado Front Range - Rosemary L. Sherriff, et al. - 2014

Managing Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems: Building Resilience to the Challenge of Global Change - Chapter 6 - Messier, Puettmann, & Coates - 2012
Fuel Treatment Longevity, Southwest Fire Science Consortium - 2013
Old-Growth Forests in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regions, Proceedings of a Workshop - Kaufmann, Moir, Bassett
Assessing Fuel Treatment Effectiveness Using Satellite Imagery and Spatial Statistics - Wimberly, et al. - 2008-2009
Forging a Science Based National Forest Fire Policy - Agee & Franklin - 2003
Wildfire: a Natural Part of Life in the American West
Modifying Wildfire Behavior, The Effectiveness of Fuel Treatments - Carey & Schumann - 2003
Fire Statistics
National Forest Protection
Lodgepole Pine Management Guidelines in the WUI 2009

2014 Report on the Health of Colorado Forests
Protecting and landscaping home in the wildlife/urban interface - Jack Cohen

A Comprehensive Guide to Fuels Treatment Practices for Ponderosa Pine in the Black Hills, Colorado Front Range, and Southwest - M.E.Hunter, W.D. Shepperd, Lentile, Lundquist, Andreu, Butler, & Smith.
A New Century Of Forest Planning - Matthew Koehler - 2012
Studies Find Danger to Forests in Thinning Without Burning - Jim Robbins - 2006
Revisiting Fire History Studies - George Wuerthner - 2013
The Big Lie: Logging and Forest Fires - Chad Hanson
Fighting More Forest Fires Will Come Back to Burn Us - Michael Kodas - 2013

Treated 13 years ago

This entire area has been logged and thinned over the past couple of centuries, so there is no pristine forest. Many areas have reached a desirable ecological balance, providing habitat without too much undergrowth. The USFS further thinned this area 13 years ago to space the tree crowns for fire mitigation purposes. This had the result of opening up the forest floor and increasing undergrowth and regeneration, which also has the effect of increasing fire hazard.