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U of I Researchers Publish on the Ecological Importance of Unaltered Places within a Wildfire

October 03, 2018

Colleges of Science and Natural Resources researchers synthesized the science on fire refugia — unburned or lightly singed areas after a wildfire — this week in BioSciences. They collaborated with Utah State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Oregon State University. Fire refugia protect biodiversity, seed sources, and sometimes our own communities. The team investigated the types of fire refugia, how they form, and how to protect and enhance them under global change. Understanding the nature of fire refugia and why they don't burn is vital to ecosystem resilience, natural resources and protecting human infrastructure, particularly as wildfires become more destructive.

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