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Post-Wildfire Logging hinders regeneration and increases fire risk

Recent increases in wildfire activity in the United States have intensified controversies surrounding the management of public forests after large fires (1). The view that post-fire (salvage) logging diminishes fire risk via fuel reduction and that forests will not adequately regenerate without intervention, including logging and planting, is widely held and commonly cited (2). An alternate view maintains that post-fire logging is detrimental to long-term forest development, wildlife habitat, and other ecosystem functions (1). Scientific data directly informing this debate is lacking.