Bailey, John

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location: 

346 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-1497
PhD, 1996, Forest Science, Oregon State University
MF, 1985, Forest Biology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
BS, 1983, Forestry and Wildlife, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Research Areas: 
  • Silviculture, Fire and Forest Health
  • Forest, Wildlife and Landscape Ecology
Research Interests: 
  • Fire Ecology
  • Forest Health
  • Silviculture
Silviculture Is The Tool for Achieving Many Management Objectives: My research focuses on using traditional and experimental silviculture practices to achieve a spectrum of objectives in a landscape, including commodity production, habitat creation, fire risk reduction, and ecosystem restoration. The art and science of forest management has not fundamentally changed in the last decade, but the objectives have broadened and become more controversial. This forces our forest management actions to be more creative, complex, adaptive and defensible. We have initiated research projects to evaluate the role of stand structure and dynamics on fire hazard, mature forest development, sustainable forest management, and post-fire recovery. Our silviculture research considers the broad economic, ecological, and sociopolitical implications on forest.
Maybelle Clarke MacDonald Professor of Teaching Excellence in Silviculture and Fire Management in the FERM department. Adjunct in FES department.


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
  • FOR 346
    Topics in Wildland Fire
  • FOR 436
    Wildland Fire Science and Fuels Management
  • FOR 441
    Silviculture Practices
  • SNR 531
    Sustainable Silviculture and Forest Certification
Selected Publications: 
  1. Cole, E., A. Lindsay, M. Newton and J. Bailey. 2018. Eight-year performance of Douglas-fir and western larch seedlings following weed control, Northeast Oregon, USA. IN PRESS: New Forests
  2. Ager, A., A. Barros, M. Day, H. Preisler, T. Spies, J. Bailey, and J. Bolte. 2017. Effects of accelerated wildfire on future fire regimes and implications for the United States federal fire policy. Ecology and Society 22(4):12. URL:
  3. Kline, J., E. White, A. Fischer, M. Steen-Adams, S. Charnley, C. Olsen, T. Spies, J. Bailey and E. Platt. 2017. Integrating social science into empirical models of coupled human and natural systems. Ecology and Society 22(3):25. URL:
  4. Johnston, J.D., J.D. Bailey, C.J. Dunn, and A.A. Lindsay. 2017. Historical fire-climate relationships in contrasting interior Pacific Northwest forest types. Fire Ecology 13:2.
  5. Ager, A.A., K.C. Vogler, M.A. Day and J.D. Bailey. 2017. Economic opportunities and trade-offs in collaborative forest landscape restoration. Ecological Economics
  6. Reilly, M., C.J. Dunn, T.A. Spies, R.A. Kennedy, J.D. Bailey and K. Briggs. 2017. Contemporary patterns of fire extent and severity in forests of the Pacific Northwest, USA (1985-2010). Ecosphere 8(3):1-28; e01695.10.1002/ecs2.1695
  7. Spies, T. A., E. White, A. Ager, J. Kline, J. Bolte, E. Platt, K. Olsen, R. Pabst, A. Barros, J. Bailey, and others. 2017. Using an agent-based model to examine forest management outcomes in a fire-prone landscape in Oregon, USA. Ecology and Society 22(1):25. (Impact: 2.7; 9 citations)
  8. Barros, A., A. Ager, M. Day, H. Preisler, T. Spies, E. White, R. Pabst, K. Olsen, E. Platt, J. Bailey, and J. Bolte. 2017. Spatiotemporal dynamics of simulated wildfire, forest management and forest succession in central Oregon, USA. Ecology and Society 22(1):24. (Impact: 2.7; 6 citations)
  9. Cole, E., M. Newton, and J. Bailey. 2017. Understory vegetation development 15 years after thinning in 50-year-old Douglas-fir and Douglas-fir/western hemlock stands in western Oregon. For. Ecol. Mgt. 384: 358-370. (Impact: 2.7; 1 citation).
  10. Johnston, J., J. Bailey, and C. Dunn. 2016. Influence of fire disturbance and biophysical heterogeneity of pre-settlement ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer forests. Ecosphere 7(11): 1-19. (Impact: 2.6; 5 citations)
  11. Moriarty, K. M., C. W. Epps, M. G. Betts, D.J. Hance, J. Bailey, and W. J. Zielinski. 2015. Experimental evidence that simplified forest structure interacts with snow cover to influence functional connectivity for Pacific martens. ACCEPTED: Landscape Ecology
  12. Meigs, G.W., J.C. Campbell, H.S.J. Zald, J.D. Bailey, D.C Shaw, and R.E. Kennedy. 2015. Does wildfire likelihood increase following insect outbreaks in conifer forests? Ecosphere 6(7)118. (Impact: 2.6)
  13. Dunn, C.J. and J.D. Bailey. 2015. Temporal fuel dynamics following high-severity fire in dry-mixed conifer forests of the eastern Cascades, Oregon USA. Intl. J. Wildl. Fire 24:470-483. (Impact: 2.5)
  14. Dunn, C.J. and J.D. Bailey. 2015. Modeling the direct effects of salvage logging on long-term temporal fuel dynamics in dry-mixed conifer forests. For. Ecol. Mgt. 341:93-109. (Impact: 2.7; 1 citation already)
  15. Spies, T. A., E. M. White, J. D. Kline, A. Paige Fischer, A. Ager, J. Bailey, J. Bolte, J. Koch, E. Platt, C. S. Olsen, D. Jacobs, B. Shindler, M. M. Steen-Adams and R. Hammer. 2014. Examining fire-prone forest landscapes as coupled human and natural systems. Ecology and Society 19(3): 9. (Impact: 2.7; 9 citations)
  16. Sensenig, T., J.D. Bailey and J.T. Tappeiner. 2013. Stand development, fire and growth of old-growth and young forests in southwestern Oregon, USA. For. Ecol. Mgt. 291:96-109.
  17. Roloff, G.J., S.P. Mealey, and J.D. Bailey. 2012. Comparative risk assessment for protected species in a fire-prone landscape. For. Ecol. Mgt. 277:1-10.
  18. Dunn, C.J. and J.D. Bailey. 2012. Temporal dynamics and decay of coarse wood in early seral habitats of dry-mixed conifer forests in Oregon’s Eastern Cascades. For. Ecol. Mgt. 276: 71-81.
  19. Irwin, M.R., A.J. Finkral, and J.D. Bailey. 2011. Effects of thinning, burning, seeding and slash arrangements on understory communities in pinyon-juniper woodlands of northern Arizona. All Res. J. Biol.: 2011:2:8-15.
  20. Hampton, H.M, S.E. Sesnie, J.D. Bailey, and G.B. Snider. 2011. Estimating regional wood supply based on stakeholder consensus for forest restoration in northern Arizona. J. Forestry: 109:1:15-26.
  21. Huff, T. and J.D. Bailey. 2009. Longevity and dynamics of fatally and nonfatally topped Douglas-fir in the Coast Range of Oregon. Can. J. For. Res. 39:2224-2233.
  22. Romme, W., C. Allen, J. Bailey, W. Baker, B. Bestelmeyer, P. Brown, K. Eisenhart, L. Floyd-Hanna, D. Huffman, B. Jacobs, R. Miller, E. Muldavin, T. Swetnam, R. Tausch, and P. Weisberg. 2009. Historical and modern disturbance regimes, stand structures, and landscape dynamics in piñon-juniper vegetation of the western United States. Range. Ecol. Mgt. 62:203-222.
  23. Sabo, K.E., C.H. Sieg, S.C. Hart and J.D. Bailey. 2009. The role of disturbance severity and canopy closure on standing crop of understory plant species in ponderosa pine stands in northern Arizona, USA. For. Ecol. Mgt. 257:1656-1662.
  24. Schwilk, D.W., J.E Keeley, E.E. Knapp, J.McIver, J.D. Bailey and ten others. 2009. The national Fire and Fire Surrogates study: Effects of alternative fuel reduction methods on forest vegetation structure and fuels. Ecological Applications 19(2)285-304.
  25. Shatford, J.P., J.C. Tappeiner and J.D. Bailey. 2009. Understory tree development with repeated stand-density treatments in coastal Douglas-fir forests of Oregon. West. J. App. For. 24(1):11-16.
  26. Sabo, K.E., S.C. Hart, C.H. Sieg and J.D. Bailey. 2008. Tradeoffs in overstory and understory aboveground net primary productivity in southwestern ponderosa pine stands. For. Sci. 54(4):408-416.
  27. Ares., A., T. Terry, C.A. Harrington, W. Devine, D. Peter and J.D. Bailey. 2007. Biomass removal, soil compaction, and vegetation control effects on five-year growth of Douglas-fir in coastal Washington. For. Sci. 53(5):600-610
  28. McDowell, N.G., H.D. Adams, J.D. Bailey, and T.E. Kolb. 2007. The role of stand density on growth efficiency, leaf area index and resin flow in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. Can. J. For. Res. 37:343-355.
  29. Faiella, S.M. and J.D. Bailey. 2007. Fluctuations in fuel moisture across restoration treatments in semi-arid ponderosa pine forests of northern Arizona, USA. Intl J. Wildl. Fire 16:119127.
  30. Landis, A.G. and J.D. Bailey. 2006. Predicting the age of pinyon and juniper trees in northern Arizona: guides for forest restoration treatments. West. J. App. For. 21(4):203-6.
  31. McDowell, N.G., H.D. Adams, J.D. Bailey, M. Hess and T.E. Kolb. 2006. Homeostatic maintenance of ponderosa pine gas exchange in response to stand density changes. Ecological Applications 16(3)1164-1182.
  32. Bailey, J.D. and C.A. Harrington. 2006. Temperature regulation of bud-burst phenology within and among years in a young Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) plantation in western Washington, USA. Tree Physiol.26:421-430.