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    Author(s): Eric E. Knapp; Scott L. Stephens; James D. McIver; Jason J. Moghaddas; Jon E. Keeley
    Date: 2004
    Source: In: Murphy, Dennis D. and Stine, Peter A., editors. Proceedings of the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-193. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 79-85
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Management practices have altered both the structure and function of forests throughout the United States. Some of the most dramatic changes have resulted from fire exclusion, especially in forests that historically experienced relatively frequent, low- to moderate-intensity fire regimes. In the Sierra Nevada, fire exclusion is believed to have resulted in widespread vegetation changes, including greater density and cover of white fir (Abies concolor) and reduction in the area occupied by hardwoods and shrubs (Parsons and DeBenedetti 1979, Vankat and Major 1978). Fire exclusion has allowed both live and dead woody fuels to accumulate, increasing the probability of large, high-severity, stand-replacing fires (Stephens 1998, van Wagtendonk 1985).

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    Knapp, Eric E.; Stephens, Scott L.; McIver, James D.; Moghaddas, Jason J.; Keeley, Jon E. 2004. Fire and fire surrogate study in the Sierra Nevada: evaluating restoration treatments at Blodgett Forest and Sequoia National Park. In: Murphy, Dennis D. and Stine, Peter A., editors. Proceedings of the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-193. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 79-85

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