USDA Forest Service

Geospatial Technology And Applications Center

Deforested Vegetation Condition

A temporary condition of the forest vegetation after a wildfire has burned at such high severity that not enough trees were left alive for the forest to naturally regenerate and function normally. It is a signal that reforestation treatments are required to re-establish forest cover promptly. As a rule, this describes a resulting forest with less than 20% canopy cover. A follow-up diagnosis followed by a silvicultural prescription is required to complete the final assessment and determine the type of management activities that are needed to recover the area. Also a severity class used in RAVG assessments in 2007, in which percent basal area loss is at least 50% .

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