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Comment on “Post-Wildfire Logging Hinders Regeneration and Increases Fire Risk”

Science  04 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5787, pp. 615b
DOI: 10.1126/science.1127481

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Based on limited sampling 2 years after the 2002 Biscuit Fire in Oregon, Donato et al. (Brevia, 20 January 2006, p. 352) concluded that postfire logging reduced seedling regeneration by 71%. Analysis of the study methodology and raw data suggest that this estimate is statistically flawed and misleading and says nothing about the impacts of more prompt postfire harvest.

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