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Understanding the evidence for historical fire across eastern forestsAuthor(s): Charles M. Ruffner
Source: In: Dickinson, Matthew B., ed. 2006. Fire in eastern oak forests: delivering science to land managers, proceedings of a conference; 2005 November 15-17; Columbus, OH. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 40-48.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionEvidence for historical fire across the eastern deciduous biome spans several fields, including paleoecology, fire scar analysis, witness tree studies, historical documents and ethnographic sources. In this paper I provide an overview of many of these methods as well as the limitations and examples of each. While the use of any single approach has its cautions and pitfalls, the interpretation of the considerable material available allows a view into the history and effects of fire on eastern oak forests.
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CitationRuffner, Charles M. 2006. Understanding the evidence for historical fire across eastern forests. In: Dickinson, Matthew B., ed. 2006. Fire in eastern oak forests: delivering science to land managers, proceedings of a conference; 2005 November 15-17; Columbus, OH. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 40-48.
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