Fire history of a mixed conifer forest in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Gary M. Ahlstrand
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • coniferous forests
  • Douglas-fir
  • European settlement
  • fire control
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire scar analysis
  • fire scar analysis
  • forest management
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • land use
  • mixed conifer forest
  • montane forests
  • mountains
  • Native Americans
  • New Mexico
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pinus strobiformis
  • ponderosa pine
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • southwestern white pine
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Record Last Modified: November 16, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 16321
Tall Timbers Record Number: 1558
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RM-81
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Fire scarred southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis) cross sections from a 1700 ha study site in the Guadalupe Mountains were examined to determine the historic role of fire in the forest. At least 71 fires have occurred on the site since 1554. The mean interval between major fires was 17.4 years for the period 1696-1922. No samples were scarred after 1922. Reduced incidence of fire during the past century coincides with changes in occupancy and use patterns in the mountains.

Ahlstrand, Gary M. 1980. Fire history of a mixed conifer forest in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Pages 4-7 in: Stokes, Marvin A.; Dieterich, John H. (editors), Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop: October 20-24, 1980, Tucson, Arizona. General Technical Report RM-GTR-81. Ft. Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 142 p.