Structure and process goals for vegetation in wilderness areas
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): J. K. Agee; M. H. Huff
Compiler(s): R. C. Lucas
Publication Year: 1986

Cataloging Information

  • fire frequency
  • fire regimes
  • natural areas management
  • wilderness areas
  • wilderness fire management
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 28127
Tall Timbers Record Number: 1977
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-212
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Goals for vegetation management in wilderness areas have been difficult to define. Managing for natural vegetation is confounded because 'natural' is not uniquely defined and past interruption of natural processes, particularly fire, has caused ecosystem changes that may be difficult to remove. To what extent can we or should we structurally recreate the ecosystms that would have been present today without past human interference before reintroducing natural fire regimes? Short return interval, low-intensity fire regimes offer the most promise for structurally oriented vegetation management goals, although there were some long-return interval or high-intensity fire regimes where such goals may be preferred. Process-oriented goals are suitable for all fire regimes but in some cases should be integrated with structural goals for short fire-return interval ecosystems.

Agee, J. K., and M. H. Huff. 1986. Structure and process goals for vegetation in wilderness areas, in Lucas, R. C., Proceedings--National Wilderness Research Conference: current research. Fort Collins, CO. USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station,Ogden, UT. p. 17-25,General Technical Report INT-212.