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RMRS-GTR-238: Mitigating old tree mortality in long-unburned, fire-dependent forests: a synthesis


Hood, Sharon M. 2010. Mitigating old tree mortality in long-unburned, fire-dependent forests: a synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-238. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 71 p.

This report synthesizes the literature and current state of knowledge pertaining to reintroducing fire in stands where it has been excluded for long periods and the impact of these introductory fires on overstory tree injury and mortality. Only forested ecosystems in the United States that are adapted to survive frequent fire are included. Treatment options that minimize large-diameter and old tree injury and mortality in areas with deep duff and methods to manage and reduce duff accumulations are discussed. Pertinent background information on tree physiology, properties of duff, and historical versus current disturbance regimes are also discussed.

Keywords: smoldering, fire effects, tree mortality, duff mounds, fire exclusion, fuel treatment, prescribed fire, monitoring, old-growth, heat injury, reintroduction of fire, duff consumption


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Title: RMRS-GTR-238: Mitigating old tree mortality in long-unburned, fire-dependent forests: a synthesis
Electronic Publish Date: May 10, 2010
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May 10, 2010

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