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Title: Low-volume and slow-burning vegetation for planting on clearings in California chaparral
Author: Nord, Eamor C.; Green, Lisle R.
Source: Res. Paper PSW-RP-124. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station; 41 p
Station ID: RP-PSW-124
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.
Key Words: fire-resistant plants; fuel modification; fuelbreaks; fire hazard reduction; vegetation establishment
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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: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station; 41 p.
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