Fire history of a western larch/Douglas-fir forest type in northwestern Montana
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Kathleen M. Davis
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • Abies lasiocarpa
  • charcoal
  • coniferous forests
  • dendrochronology
  • Douglas-fir
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire regimes
  • fire scar analysis
  • forest management
  • fuel loading
  • habitat types
  • Larix occidentalis
  • litter
  • logging
  • Montana
  • montane forests
  • mosaic
  • multiple resource management
  • national forests
  • overstory
  • Pinus albicaulis
  • Pinus contorta
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • regeneration
  • sampling
  • shrubs
  • sloping terrain
  • subalpine forests
  • succession
  • surface fuels
  • topography
  • understory vegetation
  • western larch
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Record Last Modified: November 16, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 16341
Tall Timbers Record Number: 177
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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Mean frequencies were about 120 years for valleys and montane slopes and 150 years for subalpine slopes in this western larch/Douglas-fir forest from 1735 to 1976. Fires were small and moderately intense with occasional high intensity runs. Single burns thinned the overstory favoring mixed conifer regeneration. Multiple burns created homogeneous stands or shrubfields.

Davis, Kathleen M. 1980. Fire history of a western larch/Douglas-fir forest type in northwestern Montana. Pages 69-74 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.