Some questions about fire ecology in southwestern canyon woodlands
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): W. H. Moir
Editor(s): M. A. Stokes; J. H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • Abies concolor
  • Arizona
  • conifers
  • Cupressus arizonica
  • disturbance
  • evergreens
  • fire suppression
  • habitat types
  • histories
  • land use
  • logging
  • mesic soils
  • microclimate
  • Picea pungens
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Populus angustifolia
  • Quercus
  • recreation
  • runoff
  • shrubs
  • species diversity (plants)
  • streams
  • succession
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Record Last Modified: August 6, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 26457
Tall Timbers Record Number: 161
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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Southwestern canyon woodlands, for purposes of this paper, are vegetation types along canyon bottoms for mostly third and fourth order drainages whose streams may be permanent or intermittent. These include habitat types within blue spruce, white fir, ponderosa pine, narrowleaf cottonwood, Arizona cypress, and evergreen oak series (Layser and Schubert 1979). Nearly everywhere the canyon woodlands are subject to fire suppression and intense utilization such as commodity harvests, recreation, or development. Can studies in fire ecology from one canyon woodland at a certain location be extended or generalized to another location? At present I believe not. Fires in the ecological sense are part of the environment, and we have not yet been able to sufficiently particularize these canyon woodland environments in a classificatory sense.

Moir, W. H. 1980. Some questions about fire ecology in southwestern canyon woodlands, in Stokes, M. A. and Dieterich, J. H., Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop, October 20-24, 1980, Tucson, AZ. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station,Ft. Collins, CO. p. 20,General Technical Report RM-81.