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RMRS-GTR-202: Fire ecology and management of the major ecosystems of southern Utah

Hood, Sharon M.; Miller, Melanie, editors. 2007. Fire ecology and management of the major ecosystems of southern Utah. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-202. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 110 p.

This document provides managers with a literature synthesis of the historical conditions, current conditions, fire regime condition classes (FRCC), and recommended treatments for the major ecosystems in southern Utah. Sections are by ecosystems and include: 1) coniferous forests (ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, and Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir), 2) aspen, 3) pinyon-juniper, 4) big and black sagebrush, and 5) desert shrubs (creosotebush, blackbrush, and interior chaparral). Southern Utah is at the ecological crossroads for much of the western United States. It contains steep environmental gradients and a broad range of fuels and fire regimes associated with vegetation types representative of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, Northern Arizona and New Mexico, and the Mohave Desert. The Southern Utah Demonstration Area consists of contiguous state and federal lands within the administrative boundaries of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fishlake and Dixie National Forests, National Park Sevice, and State of Utah, roughly encompassing the southern 15 percent of Utah (3.24 million ha). The vegetation types described are similar in species composition, stand structure, and ecologic function, including fire regime to vegetation types found on hundreds of millions of hectares in the 11 western states.

Keywords: fire regime condition class, disturbance, fire ecology, fuel treatment

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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Sharon M. Hood, Donald Long, Melanie Miller, and Kevin C. Ryan
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Chapter 2 - Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, and spruce-fir forests
Michael A. Battaglia and Wayne D. Shepperd
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Chapter 3 - Aspen
Dale L. Bartos
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Chapter 4 - Pinyon/juniper woodlands
Robin J. Tausch and Sharon Hood
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Chapter 5 - Big and black sagebrush landscapes
Stanley G. Kitchen and E. Durant McArthur
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Chapter 6 - Creosotebush, blackbrush, and interior chaparral shrublands
Matthew L. Brooks, Todd C. Esque, and Tim Duck
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Title: RMRS-GTR-202: Fire ecology and management of the major ecosystems of southern Utah
Electronic Publish Date: October 22, 2007
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