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Title

Short fire intervals recorded by redwoods at Annadel State Park, California
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Mark A. Finney; Robert E. Martin
Publication Year: 1992

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Keyword(s):
  • coast redwood
  • dendrochronology
  • mean fire return interval
  • Sequoia sempervirens
  • stumps
  • tree rings
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Record Last Modified: August 15, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 20464

Description

Fire intervals were derived from analysis of fire scars on samples taken from 14 redwood (Sequoia sempervirens D. Don (Endl.)) stumps throughout Annadel State Park, California. Samples were obtained from small redwood groves that are isolated within other forest types. Dating before the mid-1800's, mean fire intervals between 6.2 and 23.0 years were found on individual stumps, with single intervals as low as 2 years. Although the sources of these fires are uncertain, fire usage by Native Americans is a plausible explanation given the archeological evidence at Annadel and sparse lightning activity in areas like Annadel near the coast.

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Finney, Mark A.; Martin, Robert E. 1992. Short fire intervals recorded by redwoods at Annadel State Park, California. MadroƱo 39(4):251-262.