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    Author(s): Paula Fornwalt
    Date: 2013
    Source: Impacts of fire on invasive species [Part 4]. Weed Watch. 29(3): 14-15.
    Publication Series: Magazines or Trade Publications
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Description

    Fire has long been a keystone ecological process in Western forests. In ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)/Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) forests of the Colorado Front Range, historical fires are believed to have been "mixed severity" in nature. That means that these fires are believed to have typically burned within a range of severities from low severity surface fire where few trees were killed to high severity crown fire where all trees died. As a result, these historical fires created and sustained a heterogeneous mosaic of forest conditions. These fires are also believed to have played a critical role in sustaining diverse, lush understory plant communities.

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    Citation

    Fornwalt, Paula. 2013. The 2002 Hayman Fire - ecological benefit or catastrophe? An understory plant community perspective. Impacts of fire on invasive species [Part 4]. Weed Watch. 29(3): 14-15.

    Keywords

    fire, ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, Douglas-fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii

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