The role of fire in the ecology and silviculture of jack pine
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): J. H. Cayford
Publication Year: 1971

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • Betula papyrifera
  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • clearcutting
  • cones
  • cutting
  • distribution
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire hazard reduction
  • forest management
  • forest types
  • habitat types
  • logging
  • Manitoba
  • Picea glauca
  • Picea mariana
  • pine forests
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Populus tremuloides
  • post fire recovery
  • regeneration
  • serotiny
  • site treatments
  • slash
  • succession
  • trees
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 36332
Tall Timbers Record Number: 10700
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Tall Timbers shelf
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the Discussion ... 'It has been shown that a number of research foresters have investigated the use of prescribed burning as a technique for regenerating cut-over jack pine stands and, in general, results have been very promising. However, it has also been shown that prescribed burning currently plays a relatively insignificant role in the silviculture of jack pine and it is apparent that the results of research have not been translated into general practice. I believe that there are several reasons why prescribed burning has not found more widespread acceptance by forest managers as a tool in the silviculture of jack pine and some of these reasons are discussed below....It is my opinion that the role of prescribed burning in jack pine management will continue to be relatively minor. I believe that most burning will continue to be undertaken at relatively low hazards with the primary objectives to reduce fire hazard and to prepare areas for further site preparation treatment. Indeed, as utilization standards improve and as alternative slash disposal methods are developed, the necessity of burning for fire hazard reduction will decrease.It is conceivable that prescribed burning will ultimately find its most important application in wilderness and park areas which are managed primarily for purposes other than timber production and where cutting of trees and the mechanical preparation of sites will be restricted.'

Cayford, J. H. 1971. The role of fire in the ecology and silviculture of jack pine, Proceedings Annual [10th] Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: a quest for ecological understanding. Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Tall Timbers Research, Inc.,Tallahassee, FL. p. 221-244,