Fire regimes in southeastern ecosystems
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Norman L. Christensen Jr.
Editor(s): Harold A. Mooney; T. M. Bonnicksen; Norman L. Christensen Jr.; Frederick B. Lotspeich; William A. Reiners
Publication Year: 1981

Cataloging Information

  • bogs
  • broadleaved deciduous forests
  • coastal plain
  • coastal plain hardwoods
  • deciduous forests
  • evolution
  • fire control
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire regimes
  • flatwoods
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel characteristics
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel moisture content
  • grass-sedge bogs
  • hardwood forest
  • ignition source
  • moisture
  • mountains
  • old fields
  • old fields
  • palmetto flatwoods
  • Piedmont
  • pine flatwoods
  • pine forests
  • presettlement vegetation
  • sand pine scrub
  • sandhills
  • savannas
  • savannas
  • shrub bogs
  • southeastern United States
  • succession
  • successional patterns
  • swamp forests
  • swamps
  • xeric sandhills
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 20084
Tall Timbers Record Number: 1701
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:WO-26
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Fire has significantly influenced the evolution of ecosystems throughout the Southeast, but particularly in the Coastal Plain. Fire frequency is a consequence of the frequency of incendiary events, landscape continuity, a complex set of moisture conditions, and the rate of fuel production. Changes in fire frequency or intensity may change the above features of an ecosystem thus altering the frequency and intensity of future fires. Fire response varies according to the natural role of fire. In areas when fire occurrence is stochastic and fires are intense, fire response is similar to classical successional schemes. In areas of chronic low intensity fires, fire may play an integral role in ecosystem stability.

Online Link(s):
Christensen, N. L. 1981. Fire regimes in southeastern ecosystems. Pages 112-136 in Mooney, H. A.; Bonnicksen, T. M.; Christensen, N. L.; Lotan, J. E.; Reiners, W. A. (technical coordinators), Proceedings of the Conference Fire Regimes and Ecosystem Properties, December 11-15, 1978, Honolulu, HI. General Technical Report WO-GTR-26. Washington, DC: USDA Forest Service. 594 p.