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Does seeding after wildfires in rangelands reduce erosion or invasive species?

Project #: 216970  –   Updated: August 15, 2013


Pyke, DA, Wirth, TA, Beyers, JL. 2013 Does seeding after wildires in rangelands reduce erosion or invasive species? Restoration Ecology 21: 415–421

Project Summary

Effectiveness of restoration has been debated recently. This paper presents a a meta-analysis of seeding after rangeland wildfires to determine if seedings (1) stabilize soil and (2) reduce abundance of exotics; based on 8 erosion studies and 19 exotics studies. Seeding effect on erosion is highly dependent upon initial establishment and coverage of species in successive years and has little effect in the first year after fire. Among all seeding cases, 28% reduced, 67% were neutral, and 5% increased invasive species abundance. Older seedings were more likely to show reductions in invasives than younger seedings.

Project Conclusions

Seeding after rangeland wildfire is modestly effective in stabilizing soil. Approximatley one-third of seedings inhibited exotics.


Targeted habitats:

    • Shrublands and Grasslands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

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rangeland Yes

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Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP)
(Federal Government)

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Troy Wood
U.S. Geological Survey
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