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RM-GTR-14: Wildland fires and dwarf mistletoes: A literature review of ecology and prescribed burning


Alexander, Martin E.; Hawksworth, Frank G. 1975. Wildland fires and dwarf mistletoes: A literature review of ecology and prescribed burning. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-14. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.

Wildfires playa multiple role in the distribution of dwarf mistletoes - they may either inhibit or encourage these parasites depending primarily on the size and intensity of the burn. Many reports suggest that fire exclusion policies of the past half century have resulted in increased dwarf mistletoe levels as, well as increased fire behavior potential. Prescribed burning as a supplemental method of dwarf mistletoe control has been little used, but seems to be applicable in some forest types and stand conditions both to eliminate infected residuals in cutover areas and to eliminate heavily infested unmerchantable stands. Suggested areas of research relating to fire ecology and prescribed burning are given.

Keywords: Arceuthobium, wildfires, prescribed burning, fire ecology


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Title: Wildland fires and dwarf mistletoes: A literature review of ecology and prescribed burning
Electronic Publish Date: April 3, 2012
Last Update:
April 3, 2012

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