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Season of prescribed burn in ponderosa pine forests in eastern Oregon: impact on pine mortality.Author(s): Walter G. Thies; Douglas J. Westlind; Mark Loewen
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. Vol. 14: 223-231
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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DescriptionA study of the effects of season of prescribed burn on tree mortality was established in mixed-age ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Dougl. ex Laws.) at the south end of the Blue Mountains near Burns, Oregon. Each of six previously thinned stands was subdivided into three experimental units and one of three treatments was randomly assigned to each: fall 1997 burn, spring 1998 burn, and no burning (control). Bums were conducted as operational prescribed burns. Trees within six 0.2-ha circular plots on each experimental unit were observed for four post-burn growing seasons to determine fire damage and to detect immediate and delayed mortality and occurrence of black stain root disease (BSRD). There were 5321 tagged ponderosa pines alive at the time of the burns. The percentage of ponderosa pine dying was higher after fall burns than after spring burns. Differences in percentages of fire-caused mortality may be because fall burns are inherently more severe than spring burns. Although present in many trees, BSRD appeared to have little impact on mortality. The lion's-tail appearance, thought to be a symptom of BSRD, was found to be an unreliable indicator of BSRD in the six test stands.
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CitationThies, Walter G.; Westlind, Douglas J.; Loewen, Mark. 2005. Season of prescribed burn in ponderosa pine forests in eastern Oregon: impact on pine mortality. International Journal of Wildland Fire. Vol. 14: 223-231
Keywordsblack stain root disease, Blue Mountains, fire, Leptographium wageneri
- Prediction of delayed mortality of fire-damaged ponderosa pine following prescribed fires in eastern Oregon, USA.
- Impact of spring or fall repeated prescribed fire on growth of ponderosa pine in eastern Oregon, USA
- Long-term effects of burn season and frequency on ponderosa pine forest fuels and seedlings
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