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Fire frequency effects on fuel loadings in pine-oak forests of the Madrean Province

Posted date: October 25, 2007
Publication Year: 
2001
Authors: Escobedo, Francisco J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; ; Garza, Florentino
Publication Series: 
Research Note (RN)
Source: Research Note RMRS-RN-10. Fort Collins, CO: USDA-Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 6 p.

Abstract

Loadings of downed woody fuels in pine-oak forests of the Madrean Province are heavier on sites in southeastern Arizona with low fire frequencies and lower on sites in northeastern Sonora, Mexico, with high fire frequencies. Low fire frequencies in southeastern Arizona are attributed largely to past land uses and the fire suppression policies of land management agencies in the United States. Ecologists and land managers interested in reintroducing fire into these forests to reduce fuel loadings and meet other land management objectives could use information about fuel buildups in their planning efforts. Quantifying these fuel loadings could also be useful in improving fire behavior models for the forests.

Citation

Escobedo, Francisco J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gottfried, Gerald J.; Garza, Florentino 2001. Fire frequency effects on fuel loadings in pine-oak forests of the Madrean Province. Research Note RMRS-RN-10. Fort Collins, CO: USDA-Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 6 p.