Fire history of two montane forest areas of Zion National Park
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Michael H. Madany; Neil E. West
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • coniferous forests
  • disturbance
  • European settlement
  • fire chronology
  • fire control
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire scar analysis
  • land use
  • montane forests
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • ponderosa pine
  • presettlement fires
  • topography
  • Utah
  • Zion National Park
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Record Last Modified: November 16, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 16336
Tall Timbers Record Number: 1550
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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A fire chronology for the last 480 years was developed from 119 partial cross sections of fire scarred ponderosa pine on a large plateau and a small, isolated mesa. Large fires (burning more than 400 ha) occurred nearly every three years prior to 1881 on the plateau. A sharp decline in fire frequency began thereafter, some forty years before the area was obtained by the National Park Service. The fire frequency of the relict mesa near the plateau featured an interval of 69 years. Changes in land use triggered the decline in fires on the plateau.

Madany, Michael H.; West, Neil E. 1980. Fire history of two montane forest areas of Zion National Park. Pages 50-56 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.