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Forest structure and downed woody debris in boreal temperate, and tropical forest fragments

Posted date: March 19, 2009
Publication Year: 
2008
Authors: Gould, William A.; Gonzalez, Grizelle; Hudak, Andrew T.; Hollingsworth, Teresa Nettleton; Hollingsworth, Jamie
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Ambio. 37(7-8): 577-587.

Abstract

Forest fragmentation affects the heterogeneity of accumulated fuels by increasing the diversity of forest types and by increasing forest edges. This heterogeneity has implications in how we manage fuels, fire, and forests. Understanding the relative importance of fragmentation on woody biomass within a single climatic regime, and along climatic gradients, will improve our ability to manage forest fuels and predict fire behavior. In this study we assessed forest fuel characteristics in stands of differing moisture, i.e., dry and moist forests, structure, i.e., open canopy (typically younger) vs. closed canopy (typically older) stands, and size, i.e., small (10-14 ha), medium (33 to 60 ha), and large (100-240 ha) along a climatic gradient of boreal, temperate, and tropical forests.

Citation

Gould, William A.; Gonzalez, Grizelle; Hudak, Andrew T.; Hollingsworth, Teresa Nettleton; Hollingsworth, Jamie. 2008. Forest structure and downed woody debris in boreal temperate, and tropical forest fragments. Ambio. 37(7-8): 577-587.