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    Author(s): K.M. Potter
    Date: 2015
    Source: Potter, K.M., and B.L. Conkling, editors. 2015. Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends and Analysis, 2014. General Technical Report SRS-209. Asheville, North Carolina: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 190 p.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Free-burning wildland ­re has been a frequent ecological phenomenon on the American landscape, and its expression has changed as new peoples and land uses have become predominant (Pyne 2010). As a pervasive disturbance agent operating at many spatial and temporal scales, wildland ­re is a key abiotic factor affecting forest health both positively and negatively. In some ecosystems, wildland ­res have been essential for regulating processes that maintain forest health (Lundquist and others 2011). Wildland ­re, for example, is an important ecological mechanism that shapes the distributions of species, maintains the structure and function of ­re-prone communities, and acts as a signi­cant evolutionary force (Bond and Keeley 2005).

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    Potter, K.M. 2015. Large-scale patterns of forest fire occurrence in the conterminous United States and Alaska, 2013. Chapter 3 in K.M. Potter and B.L. Conkling, eds., Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends and Analysis, 2014. General Technical Report SRS-209. Asheville, North Carolina: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 39-55.

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