Conventional wisdom suggests that large scale bark beetle outbreaks alter fuel complexes resulting in an increased potential for severe fires. Conversely, fires damage trees that may predispose them to bark beetle attack. In reality there is little specific quantified data supporting these assertions, and until recently, relationships between fire and western bark beetles in forests of North America have not been extensively studied. The magnitude of recent outbreaks and large wildfires has resulted in a flurry of research attempting to quantify bark beetle/fire/fuel interactions.
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BEHAVE : Fire Behavior Prediction and Fuel Modeling System -- FUEL Subsystem, Robert E. Burgan and Richard C. Rothermel
Forest entomology : ecology and management, Robert N. Coulson and John A. Witter; Wiley-Interscience, Hoboken, NJ 688 pp.
Trees of the Great Basin : a natural History, Ronald M. Lanner; University of Nevada Press, Reno, 215 pp.
The Seen and Unseen World of the Fallen Tree, Chris Maser and James M. Trappe
Coniferous Forest Habitat Types of Northern Utah, Ronald L. Mauk and Jan A. Henderson
The "Unnatural Fuel Buildup" Issue, James K. Brown; Proceedings - Symposium and Workshop on Wilderness Fire
Harvesting Strategies for Management of Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations in Lodgepole Pine : Preliminary Evaluation, East Long Creek Demonstration Area, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming, Walter E. Cole, Donn B. Cahill, and Gene D. Lessard
Fire Influences in Abies-Dominated Forests, V V. Furyaev, Ross W. Wein, and David A. MacLean; The Role of Fire in Northern Circumpolar Ecosystems
The Role of Host Plant Resistance in the Colonization Behavior and Ecology of Bark Beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae), K F. Raffa and A A. Berryman; Ecological Monographs
How to Predict the Spread and Intensity of Forest and Range Fires, Richard C. Rothermel
Aids to Determining Fuel Models for Estimating Fire Behavior, Hal E. Anderson
Fuel and vegetation succession in response to mountain pine beetle epidemics in northwestern Montana - a thesis, Charles D. Armour; University of Idaho, M.S. Thesis, Moscow, ID
Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks in Rocky Mountain Lodgepole Pine Forests, A A. Berryman; Journal of Forestry
Mass, Nutrient Content, and Decay Rate of Dead Boles in Rain Forests of Olympic National Park, Robin L. Graham and Kermit Cromack Jr.; Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Factors Influencing Understory Seedling Establishment of Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmannii) and Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa) in Southeast Wyoming, Alan K. Knapp and William K. Smith; Canadian Journal of Botany
Fire and Landscape Diversity in Subalpine Forests of Yellowstone National Park, William H. Romme; Ecological Monographs
Generalized ecology and life cycles of bark beetles, R W. Stark; Pages 21-45 in JB Mitton & KB Sturgeon (eds) Bark Beetles in North American Conifers: A System for the Study of Evolutionary Biology, University of Texas Press, Austin
Fire ecology : United States and Southern Canada, Henry A. Wright and Arthur W. Bailey; John Wiley & Sons, Incorportated, Hoboken, NJ, 528 pp.
Fire in Ecosystem Distribution and Structure : Western Forests and Scrublands, Bruce M. Kilgore; Proceedings of the Conference: Fire Regimes and Ecosystem Properties
Spruce Beetles in Blowdown, J M. Schmid
Forest Fire History in the Northern Rockies, Stephen F. Arno; Jouranl of Forestry
Mountain Pine Beetle Dynamics in Lodgepole Pine Forests, Part 1: Course of an Infectation, Walter E. Cole and Gene D. Amman
Western Forest Insects, M M. Furniss and V M. Carolin; USDA FOrest Service, Pacific Norhtwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Miscellaneous Publication No. 1339, 654 pp.
Fire, Fungi, and Beetle Influences on a Lodgepole Pine Ecosystem of South-Central Oregon, D R. Geiszler, R I. Gara, C H. Driver, V F. Gallucci, and R E. Martin; Oecologia