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    Author(s): Kelley J. O'Neal; John Rogan; Stephen R. Yool
    Date: 2005
    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: 533-535
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Fire suppression over the past century has contributed to the conversion of grasslands to shrublands in Sky Island communities. Two prescribed fires were ignited in the Peloncillo Mountains: Baker Canyon in 1995 and Maverick Spring in 1997. Remote sensing data were used to examine prescribed fire effectiveness in reducing shrub cover and to monitor post-fire regeneration. Landcover maps identified an initial decrease in shrubcover due to foliage loss and top-killing, with shrubcover increasing in following years where low burn severity did not kill shrubs completely. Results indicate the need for a regular schedule of prescribed fire to achieve permanent shrubcover reduction.

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    O''Neal, Kelley J.; Rogan, John; Yool, Stephen R. 2005. Monitoring post-fire vegetation regeneration in a Madrean ecosystem. 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: 533-535

    Keywords

    grasslands, shrubs, vegetation, regeneration, prescribed fires, remote sensing

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