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Chapter 4: Use of fire to manage populations of nonnative invasive plants

Publications Posted on: April 16, 2009
It may be impossible to overstate the complexity of relationships among wildland ecosystems, fires, and nonnative invasives. Strategies for managing these relationships are similarly complex; they require information on local plant phenology, ability to produce various levels of fire severity within burns, willingness to combine fire with other management techniques, and systematic monitoring to improve effectiveness.

Chapter 3: Plant invasions and fire regimes

Publications Posted on: April 16, 2009
The alteration of fire regimes is one of the most significant ways that plant invasions can affect ecosystems (Brooks and others 2004; D'Antonio 2000; D'Antonio and Vitousek 1992; Vitousek 1990).

Chapter 2: Effects of fire on nonnative invasive plants and invasibility of wildland ecosystems

Publications Posted on: April 16, 2009
Considerable experimental and theoretical work has been done on general concepts regarding nonnative species and disturbance, but experimental research on the effects of fire on nonnative invasive species is sparse. We begin this chapter by connecting fundamental concepts from the literature of invasion ecology to fire.

Chapter 1: Fire and nonnative invasive plants-introduction

Publications Posted on: April 16, 2009
Fire is a process integral to the functioning of most temperate wildland ecosystems. Lightning-caused and anthropogenic fires have influenced the vegetation of North America profoundly for millennia (Brown and Smith 2000; Pyne 1982b).

Forest structure and downed woody debris in boreal temperate, and tropical forest fragments

Publications Posted on: March 19, 2009
Forest fragmentation affects the heterogeneity of accumulated fuels by increasing the diversity of forest types and by increasing forest edges. This heterogeneity has implications in how we manage fuels, fire, and forests. Understanding the relative importance of fragmentation on woody biomass within a single climatic regime, and along climatic gradients, will improve our ability to manage forest fuels and predict fire behavior.

The Kane Experimental Forest carbon inventory: Carbon reporting with FVS

Publications Posted on: November 14, 2008
As the number of state and regional climate change agreements grows, so does the need to assess the carbon implications of planned forest management actions. At the operational level, producing detailed stock estimates for the primary carbon pools becomes time-consuming and cumbersome.

Development of external regeneration models for FVS: Another wrench in the toolkit

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
Despite more than three decades of development, only one full-featured regeneration model has been developed for the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS).

Development of FVSOntario: A Forest Vegetation Simulator Variant and application software for Ontario

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is leading a government-industry partnership to develop an Ontario variant of the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS). Based on the Lake States variant and the PrognosisBC user-interface, the FVSOntarioproject is motivated by a need to model the impacts of intensive forest management strategies and the multiple ecological and social objectives faced by today’s resource managers.

Building the ECON extension: Functionality and lessons learned

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
The functionality of the ECON extension to FVS is described with emphasis on the ability to dynamically interact with all elements of the FVS simulation process. Like other extensions, ECON is fully integrated within FVS.

Predicting the recruitment of established regeneration into the sapling size class following partial cutting in the Acadian Forest Region: Using long-term observations to assess the performance of FVS-NE

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
Forest managers are increasingly called upon to provide long-term predictions of forest development. The dynamics of regeneration establishment, survival and subsequent recruitment of established seedlings to larger size classes is a critical component of these forecasts, yet remains a weak link in available models.