Skip to Main Content
Effects of fire on Sonoran desert plant communitiesAuthor(s): Eddie J. Alford; John H. Brock; Gerald J. Gottfried
Source: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 451-454
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
PDF: View PDF (175 KB)
DescriptionThe number of fires has increased during the past 45 years in the Sonoran Desert within the Tonto National Forest of central Arizona. The positive trend in the number of fires was consistent with an increase in the population of Maricopa County and an increase in traffic along major Sonoran Desert highways in the Tonto National Forest. The number of hectares burned did not change with increased population in Maricopa County or increased traffic along Sonoran Desert highways. However, number of hectares burned was influenced by the occurrence of two and three consecutive winters’ precipitation. Overall plant density decreased as canopy cover increased on a time-since-fire (tsf) gradient. Native species most impacted by fires were saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) and foothill paloverde (Cercidium microphyllum).
- You may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationAlford, Eddie J.; Brock, John H.; Gottfried, Gerald J. 2005. Effects of fire on Sonoran desert plant communities. Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 451-454
KeywordsCarnegiea gigantea, Cercidium microphyllum, fires, plant communities, canopy cover, native species, roads, precipitation, Sonoran Desert, Tonto National Forest (Ariz.)
- Post-fire saguaro community: impacts on associated vegetation still apparent 10 years later
- Carnegiea gigantea (Engelm.) Britton & Rose saguaro or giant cactus
- Burned saguaro: Will they live or die?
XML: View XML