Skip to Main Content
Preliminary fuel characterization of the chauga ridges region of the Southern Appalachian MountainsAuthor(s): Aaron D. Stottlemyer; Victor B. Shelburne; Thomas A. Waldrop; Sandra Rideout-Hanzak; William C. Bridges
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-92. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 510-513
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
PDF: Download Publication (126 KB)
DescriptionMany areas of the southern Appalachian Mountains contain large amounts of dead and/or ericaceous fuel. Fuel information critical in modeling fire behavior and its effects is not available to forest managers in the southern Appalachian Mountains, and direct measurement is often impractical due to steep, remote topography. An existing landscape ecosystem classification (LEC) model was used as the basis for a characterization of fuel complexes in the Chauga Ridges region in South Carolina. We hypothesized that LEC site units have distinct fuel assemblages. Fuels were characterized using discriminant analysis, which yielded an overall 54 percent success rate of 275 randomly located plots. Rhododendron maximum L. biomass, R. minus Michx. ground cover, Vaccinium L. spp. ground cover, duff depth, and 1,000-hour fuel loading were discriminating fuel characteristics of xeric, intermediate, submesic, and mesic site units. Disturbance was not addressed in this analysis, but future work will address its effect on fuel complexes of LEC site units.
- You may send email to email@example.com 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.
CitationStottlemyer, Aaron D.; Shelburne, Victor B.; Waldrop, Thomas A.; Rideout-Hanzak, Sandra; Bridges, William C. 2006. Preliminary fuel characterization of the chauga ridges region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-92. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 510-513
- Fuel characterization in the southern Appalachian Mountains: an application of landscape ecosystem classification
- Effects of prescribed burning, mechanical, and chemical treatments to curtail rhododendron dominance and reduce wildfire fuel loads
- Relations Between Denisty of Rhododendron Thickets and Diversity of Riparian Forests
XML: View XML