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Fire effects on aquatic habitats and biota In Madrean-type ecosystems: Southwestern United States

Publications Posted on: November 03, 2020
Intense wildfires effectively remove vegetation, degrade watershed condition, and result in altered stream hydrographs and increased sediment input to streams. Case histories from five headwater streams in Arizona and New Mexico show effects of wildfire on aquatic habitats, fishes, and their food supply may be marked and long-lasting.

Nutrients in fire-dominated ecosystems

Publications Posted on: November 03, 2020
Fires can produce a wide range of changes in nutrient cycles of forest, shrub, and grassland ecosystems depending on fire severity, fire frequency, vegetation, and climate. These changes can be beneficial when fires increase the availability of plant nutrients, and deleterious when they volatilize, entrain ash in smoke columns, increase runoff of mineralized nutrients, or accelerate leaching from soil systems.

Effects of fire on riparian systems

Publications Posted on: November 03, 2020
Riparian systems are a small but important resource in the southwestern USA and northern Mexico because of the diverse, dynamic, and complex biophysical habitats they provide. Wildfires have always produced the most significant impacts on riparian hydrology, geomorphology, and biology. Prescribed fires have not been used to any great extent in the Madrean Province for vegetation management in riparian systems.

Effects of fire on Madrean Province Ecosystems: A symposium proceedings; March 11-15, 1996; Tucson, AZ

Publications Posted on: November 02, 2020
This second conference on the Madrean Archipelago/Sky Island ecosystem brought together scientists, managers, and resource specialists from government, universities, and private organizations in the United States and Mexico to explore the effects of fire on Madrean Province ecosystem, and how fire can be incorporated in an ecosystem approach to both research and management.

Distant neighbors: Recent wildfire patterns of the Madrean Sky Islands of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico

Publications Posted on: August 19, 2019
Background: Information about contemporary fire regimes across the Sky Island mountain ranges of the Madrean Archipelago Ecoregion in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico can provide insight into how historical fire management and land use have influenced fire regimes, and can be used to guide fuels management, ecological restoration, and habitat conservation.

Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The Madrean Archipelago, or Sky Island, region of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico is recognized for its great biological diversity and natural beauty. This conference brought together scientists, managers, and other interested parties to share their knowledge about the region and to identify needs and possible solutions for existing and emerging problems.

Effects of fire on birds in Madrean forests and woodlands

Publications Posted on: August 03, 2015
Fire usually affects birds indirectly, by altering habitat or food resources. Bird response may be positive or negative, depending on life-history characteristics and fire extent, intensity, and duration. Disruption of natural fire regimes may have far-reaching consequences for these birds and their habitat.

Vascular plants diversity of El Aribabi Conservation Ranch: A private natural protected area in northern Sonora, Mexico

Publications Posted on: July 28, 2014
In northeastern Sonora, isolated Sky Island mountain ranges with desertscrub, desert grassland, oak woodland, and pine-oak forest have high biodiversity. El Aribabi Conservation Ranch in the Sierra Azul (from 30°51’13”N, 110°41’9”W to 30°46’38”N, 110°32’3”W) was designated a Private Protected Natural Area by the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas in March 2011. The flora contains 447 taxa in 81 families and 301 genera.

Prescribed burning in southwestern ponderosa pine

Publications Posted on: March 04, 2014
Prescribed burning is an effective way of restoring the fire process to ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Doug I. ex Laws.) ecosystems of the Southwest. If used judiciously, fire can provide valuable effects for hazard reduction, natural regeneration, thinning, vegetation revitalization, and in general, better forest health. Relatively short burning intervals are required to maintain the benefits of fire.

Mapping ecological systems in southeastern Arizona

Publications Posted on: December 10, 2013
Beginning in 2007 in and around the Huachuca Mountains, the Coronado National Forest and other partners have been mapping ecosystems at multiple scales. The approach has focused on identifying land type associations (LTA), which represent the sum of bedrock and superficial geology, topography, elevation, potential and existing vegetation, soil properties, and local climatic variables.

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