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Professor Andrew Larson Recognized for Wilderness Research

Professor Andrew Larson was recently awarded the Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Research Award by the U.S. Forest Service and the International Journal of Wilderness for his recent paper on fire effects in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Larson and co-authors Travis Belote and Matthew Deitz from The Wilderness Society; Courtney Cansler from the University of Washington; and Sean Parks from the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute published their paper "Latent Resilience in Ponderosa Pine Forests: Effects of Resume Frequent Fire" in the Sept. 2013 edition of the Journal of Ecological Applications.

The award notes "This collaboration of researchers is being recognized for their joint production of a research publication pertaining to managing natural processes in wilderness... [their article] reports on a study of forest structure and composition in the Bob Marshall Wilderness following the reintroduction of fire after decades of exclusion. Pertinent to many questions commonly asked about fire and wilderness today, this study is timely and provides information for use and consideration by wilderness managers into the future. It recognizes the importance of continuing to ask the right questions and providing research to assist in wilderness stewardship into the future."

Larson is Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology in the College of Forestry and Conservation.