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Reestablishing fire-adapted communities to riparian forests in the ponderosa pine zoneAuthor(s): Matthew K. Arno
Source: In: Hardy, Colin C.; Arno, Stephen F., eds. The use of fire in forest restoration. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-341. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. p. 42-43.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Intermountain Forest Experiment Station
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DescriptionEcological research has implicated the practice of fire exclusion as a major contributor to forest health problems in the semiarid ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) zone of the Inland West (Mutch and others 1993; Sampson and others 1994). Prior to 1900, frequent, low-intensity fires occurred on upland forests in this forest zone at intervals of 5 to 30 years. With fire exclusion, dense understories and thickets of conifers have developed, producing stands that are highly susceptible to a variety of insect and disease epidemics-and severe wildfires. These concerns have led to proposals and a few operational programs to reintroduce fire on a large scale to restore these forests (Kilgore and Curtis 1987; Lolo National Forest 1994; Williams 1995).
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CitationArno, Matthew K. 1996. Reestablishing fire-adapted communities to riparian forests in the ponderosa pine zone. In: Hardy, Colin C.; Arno, Stephen F., eds. The use of fire in forest restoration. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-341. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. p. 42-43.
Keywordsfire ecology, fire regimes, forest restoration, riparian forests, fire exclusion, ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa
- Ecology of southwestern ponderosa pine forests
- Silvicultural applications: Restoring ecological structure and process in ponderosa pine forests
- Management of ponderosa pine in the Southwest: As developed by research and experimental practice
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