Ecological effects on forest fires in the interior of Alaska
Document Type: Book
Author(s): Harold J. Lutz
Publication Year: 1953

Cataloging Information

  • Betula papyrifera
  • biomass
  • catastrophic fires
  • cellulose
  • chemistry
  • climax vegetation
  • coniferous forests
  • diameter classes
  • fertilization
  • fire frequency
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • flammability
  • fuel types
  • habitat conversion
  • interior Alaska
  • K - potassium
  • lichen moss fuels
  • mammals
  • mortality
  • mosaic
  • nitrogen
  • nutrient cycling
  • openings
  • phosphorus
  • Picea glauca
  • Picea mariana
  • plant growth
  • Populus tremuloides
  • post fire recovery
  • regeneration
  • reproduction
  • seedlings
  • soil nutrients
  • succession
  • surface fires
  • water
  • wildlife food plants
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Record Last Modified: December 2, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 26418
Tall Timbers Record Number: 122
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A1.36:1133
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Uncontrolled fires, sweeping over vast areas of the interior nearly every summer, place in jeopardy the future economic development of that portion of Alaska. The area involved is vast but the resources that can be used in perpetuity, even under wise management, are relatively modest - certainly there is no excess to be wasted. Potential production of cellulose on the better forest lands in the interior is considerable. On the 40 million acres of commercial or potentially commercial forest land, it is estimated that net annual growth is about 960 million cubic feet. Following a severe fire, a minimum of 100 years and an average period of perhaps 160 years must elapse before spruce sawlogs can again be obtained from the burned area.

Lutz, H. J. 1953. Ecological effects on forest fires in the interior of Alaska. Technical Bulletin No. 1133. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alaska Forest Reserach Center.