Relation between fire cycle and recent climatic change in the southern boreal forest [abstract]
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Yves Bergeron; Sylvain Archambault
Publication Year: 1989

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • diameter classes
  • distribution
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire regimes
  • Ontario
  • plant growth
  • post fire recovery
  • precipitation
  • Quebec
  • seasonal activities
  • Thuja occidentalis
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Record Last Modified: December 20, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 30164
Tall Timbers Record Number: 4144
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-B
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Fire history over the last 225 years has been reconstructed far the Lake Duparquet area in Northwestern Quebec. The cumulative distribution of burn areas has shown two distinct periods of stable fire cycle. The present fire cycle of -90 years contrasts with the -53 year fire cycle observed for the period before -1870. This change appears unrelated to fire suppression by man since the same trend is observed an islands of the lake where fire history is independent of the mainland fire history. This change in fire cycle is associated to a long term increase in mean ring width for a white cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.) chronology from the same area. Since the main factor affecting the indexed chronology is summer precipitation, a climatic control aver fire cycle is suggested.

Online Link(s):
Bergeron, Y., and S. Archambault. 1989. Relation between fire cycle and recent climatic change in the southern boreal forest [abstract]. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, v. 70, no. 2 (Suppl.), p. 61.