A recent paper by Gavin Jones et al. "Megafires: an emerging threat to old-forest
species" claims to describe negative effects of the 2014 King fire on California spotted owl occupancy and space use. There have been several previous papers by other authors documenting how severe fire has little or no effect on spotted owl occupancy, and that they forage in high severity patches preferentially. Jones et al. (2016) claim their data describe for the first time, a strong negative impact of severe fire on spotted owls. The paper has fatal flaws in their analyses that render their results and discussion categorically incorrect.
This Jones et al. study area is the lone example of severe fire having a strong negative effect on spotted owls.
The study was funded by the US Forest Service, and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, groups with a financial interest in promoting thinning logging of our forests in the name of protecting them from severe fire.
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