Congratulations to the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences assistant professor Brian Harvey who was awarded funds from the UW’s Royalty Research Fund (RRF) to study post-fire recovery in an area recently burned near Mount Rainier.
With this grant, Harvey and his team will install a series of long-term, post-fire monitoring plots at which they will be able to study how post-fire dynamics are affected by fire severity, the interval since the last fire and local climate conditions.
There are relatively few fires west of the Cascades in Washington since the early 1900s, which makes the Norse Peak Fire uncommon. The fire burned more than 24,000 acres of land near Mount Rainier National Park in 2017. This grant will provide Harvey and other researchers a key opportunity to gain real-time insight into post-fire recovery in a way that has been impossible until now.
The Seattle Times wrote about the effects of this fire in September 2018 after a reporter traveled with Harvey to the field. Read that story here.