Fire ecology in ponderosa pine-grassland
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): H. H. Biswell
Publication Year: 1973

Cataloging Information

  • Abies concolor
  • aesthetics
  • air quality
  • Andropogon scoparius
  • Arizona
  • British Columbia
  • Calamagrostis rubescens
  • Canada
  • Chamaebatia foliolosa
  • coniferous forests
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • ecotones
  • Elymus
  • European settlement
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • fire resistant plants
  • fire scar analysis
  • fire suppression
  • flammability
  • forage
  • forest management
  • forest types
  • fuel management
  • gases
  • grasses
  • grasslands
  • grazing
  • habitat types
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • landscape ecology
  • livestock
  • Mexico
  • Montana
  • montane forests
  • Muhlenbergia
  • multiple resource management
  • national parks
  • Native Americans
  • Nebraska
  • needles
  • openings
  • pine
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • pollution
  • presettlement fires
  • presettlement vegetation
  • public information
  • Purshia tridentata
  • recreation
  • regeneration
  • reproduction
  • South Dakota
  • succession
  • surface fires
  • understory vegetation
  • water
  • wildlife
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 36347
Tall Timbers Record Number: 10718
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 text ... 'The ponderosa pine-grassland is characterized by the occurrence and distribution of ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa. It is widely spread covering some 36 million acres from the Fraser River Basin in British Columbia to Durango, Mexico, and from Nebraska to the Pacific Coast. These are highly valuable multiple-use lands, suitable for livestock grazing, timber production, wildlife habitat, improved water production, recreation, and sight-seeing. My objective is to discuss the fire ecology of this vegetation type and explain how one can fit prescribed burning and management together to have a productive harmony between man and nature.'From the Summary and Conclusions ... 'The aboriginal ponderosa pine-grasslands were kept open and parklike and stable by recurring surface fires. The ecology of this process is discussed and explained. It seems we should work in harmony with nature and use fire to reshape and stabilize our debris laden forests. It is only through this technique that we can have productive harmony between man and nature. Our greatest need at present is to teach this concept and how it works and to train land managers in the science and art of prescribed burning.'

Biswell, H. H. 1973. Fire ecology in ponderosa pine-grassland, Proceedings Annual [12th] Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: a quest for ecological understanding. Lubbock, TX. Tall Timbers Research, Inc.,Tallahassee, FL. p. 69-96,