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    Author(s): Eamor C. Nord; Lisle R. Green
    Date: 1977
    Source: Res. Paper PSW-RP-124. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 41 p
    Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Description

    Vegetation that is low-growing and either low in volume, slow burning, or both, is needed for reduction of fire hazard on fuelbreaks and other brush cleared areas in California. Of over 50 shrub species and many grass species that were test planted, about 20 shrubs and an equal number of grasses were chosen for plot and field trials. Creeping sage, a few saltbushes, and a few grasses-mostly perennials-are adapted within the wide range of chaparral site conditions, and were successfully established by direct seedings as well as by other cultural methods on these sites. Shrub test results are tabulated and characteristics of each of the more promising species are described, with attention to usefulness for planting; techniques for collecting or treating seed to improve germination and for propagating plants; and methods for establishing these plants on wildland sites.

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    Nord, Eamor C.; Green, Lisle R. 1977. Low-volume and slow-burning vegetation for planting on clearings in California chaparral. Res. Paper PSW-RP-124. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 41 p

    Keywords

    fire-resistant plants, fuel modification, fuelbreaks, fire hazard reduction, vegetation establishment

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