This factsheet is a result of graduate research and has not been peer reviewed beyond graduate committee members.

by Chris Ives

Increasingly large, frequent, and severe fires across the western United States are creating difficult restoration challenges for land managers. Despite the wide use of current fire restoration techniques, many studies have shown little to no benefit when compared with a no action alternative. Some research has even shown negative impacts, such as the spread of invasive species. The use of select post-fire colonizing mosses or “fire mosses” is a promising alternative restoration tool that has never been investigated for use in high severity burned environments. Read more here…