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Chamise Chaparral Dead Fuel Fraction Is Not Reliably Predicted by AgeAuthor(s): Timothy E. Paysen; Jack D. Cohen
Source: West Journal Applied Forestry 5(4):127-131
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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DescriptionFire managers of southern California chaparral often assume that the amount of dead material in chaparral shrubs is closely related to canopy age. Analysis of chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), sampled from southern California shrublands, indicates that the ratio of dead to live components is not related reliably to age of shrub canopy. Further statistical description of the data indicates that fractions of dead material greater than 0.40 are rare. The results provide grounds for seriously questioning current assumptions about the strong relationship between age and fraction dead in southern California chaparral fuels.
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CitationPaysen, Timothy E.; Cohen, Jack D. 1990. Chamise Chaparral Dead Fuel Fraction Is Not Reliably Predicted by Age. Chamise Chaparral Dead Fuel Fraction Is Not Reliably Predicted by Age. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 5(4):127-131
Keywordschaparral fuels, dead fuels
- Physical characteristics of chamise as a wildland fuel
- Variations in the moisture content of several fuel size components of live and dead chamise
- Plant profile for Adenostoma fasciculatum
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