The role of fire in the boreal forest of interior Alaska
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): M. J. Foote
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • Betula papyrifera
  • boreal forests
  • interior Alaska
  • Larix laricina
  • nutrient cycling
  • nutrients
  • Picea glauca
  • Picea mariana
  • Populus balsamifera
  • Populus tremuloides
  • regeneration
  • seeds
  • soil temperature
  • soils
  • succession
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Record Last Modified: August 5, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 35676
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9996
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-S
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Fire burns 3,000-1,000,000 acres annually, It is a natural part of the ecology of the boreal forest of interior Alaska. Fire alters the site, growing conditions on the site, site resilency, and the habitat of users of the site. It promotes site productivity by recycling nutrients, warming soils, melting permafrost, and exposing patches of mineral soil which make excellent surfaces for germinating seeds. It maintains landscape diversity and promotes young, highly productive forests and high quailty food material. However, the unprotected mineral soil may erode and stability of some of the ice-rich permafrost sites is destroyed, at least for a time. © by the Society of American Foresters. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Foote, M. J. 1995. The role of fire in the boreal forest of interior Alaska, Proceedings of the 1994 Society of American Foresters Annual Convention, 18-22 September 1994, Anchorage, AK. Society of American Foresters,Bethesda, MD. p. 179-184,