Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): Glenn J. Mason; Terrell T. Baker; Douglas S. Cram; Jon C. Boren; Alexander G. Fernald; Dawn M. VanLeeuwen
    Date: 2009
    Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 257: 868-875.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    PDF: View PDF  (495 B)

    Description

    While the main objective of many silvicultural treatments in the western US is to reduce fire potential, their effects on overstory regeneration, midstory and herbaceous communities is of importance to land managers. To quantify these effects, we measured overstory regeneration, midstory density by species, herbaceous biomass, species richness and cover in commercial and non-commercial treatments with differing slash prescriptions in dry mixed conifer stands of south central New Mexico. Results indicated that overstory regeneration and shrub density were not significantly affected by treatments, although they did increase at one site which appeared to be more mesic than the others. Herbaceous biomass increased 4 years post-treatment in one non-commercial scatter treatment and 3 years post-treatment in the commercial treatment. Species richness was not affected by any of the treatments. Cover of grasses and forbs remained low in all treatments. Soil cover increased in the commercial treatment; however, it decreased each year following treatment.

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to rmrspubrequest@fs.fed.us 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.

    Citation

    Mason, Glenn J.; Baker, Terrell T.; Cram, Douglas S.; Boren, Jon C.; Fernald, Alexander G.; VanLeeuwen, Dawn M. 2009. Mechanical fuel treatment effects on vegetation in a New Mexico dry mixed conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management. 257: 868-875.

    Keywords

    herbaceous response, shrubs, fuels treatments, dry mixed conifer, slash prescriptions

    Related Search


    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page
https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/32474