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The western Kenai Peninsula: An opportunity to study fire and its effects on soils and trees


Jain, Theresa; Barrett, Tara M. 2011. The western Kenai Peninsula: An opportunity to study fire and its effects on soils and trees. In: Barrett, Tara M.; Christensen, Glenn A., eds. Forests of southeast and south-central Alaska, 2004-2008: Five-year forest inventory and analysis report. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-835. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. p. 70-74.

Most of the coastal Alaska inventory unit is part of the temperate rain-forest biome, and fire is an extremely rare event. However, for the western side of the Kenai Peninsula and the Cook Inlet region, fire is a common source of natural disturbance (fig. 50). Although wildfires are a normal part of the disturbance regime for this region, urban growth and associated infrastructure raises the risk of increasing potential loss from fire.

Keywords: wildfire, disturbance regime, Kenai Peninsula, Cook Inlet region


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: The western Kenai Peninsula: An opportunity to study fire and its effects on soils and trees
Electronic Publish Date: May 28, 2013
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