Habitat-related Fire Effects
The short-term effects of a riparian fire may affect the northern river otter's
food supply. Removal of streamside vegetation increases the risk of
streambank erosion and raises stream temperatures, both of which could
potentially reduce fish populations in the stream. However, the
long-term effect of fire on fish populations could be benefical. Fire
thins and removes conifers along streams, stimulates growth of deciduous
vegetation. This provides cover and shading, and fosters development of
terrestrial insects important in the diet of fishes .
Additionally, fire occurring in riparian areas indirectly benefits river
otters by benefiting beavers . As stated in MANAGEMENT
CONSIDERATIONS, beaver activities help create suitable habitat for river
- 11. Kelleyhouse, David G. 1979. Fire/wildlife relationships in Alaska. In: Hoefs, M.; Russell, D., eds. Wildlife and wildfire: Proceedings of workshop; 1979 November 27-28; Whitehorse, YT. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Wildlife Branch: 1-36. 
- 20. Wright, Henry A.; Bailey, Arthur W. 1982. Fire ecology: United States and southern Canada. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 501 p. 
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