Long-term fire incidence in coastal forests of British Columbia
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Kendrick J. Brown; Richard J. Hebda
Publication Year: 1998

Cataloging Information

  • Abies spp.
  • Alnus
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • charcoal
  • climate change
  • coastal forests
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • forest types
  • fossils
  • histories
  • paleoecology
  • Picea
  • Pinus contorta
  • pollen
  • prehistoric fires
  • Tsuga heterophylla
  • Tsuga mertensiana
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Record Last Modified: April 25, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 36772
Tall Timbers Record Number: 11183
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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From the text...'Fossil charcoal and pollen records from five sediment cores were used to reconstruct the post-glacial fire and vegetation history on southern Vancouver Island. Specifically, macroscopic charcoal fragments representative of local fire activity were used to reconstruct the post-glacial fire intervals (Whitlock and Millspaugh 1996). Studies such as this are important because they provide insight to the projected changes in distribution, composition, and fire activity of future forests under a global warming climatic scenario (Hebda 1997, 1998)....Fossil charcoal and pollen collected from several sites around southern Vancouver Island show that vegetation composition and fire activity have varied considerably during the late Pleistocene and Holocene. Our results reveal that natural disturbance regimes of coastal forests were strongly shaped by climate, vegetation composition, and possibly human activity. Future forest disturbance and successional patterns may differ considerably from those of the recent past and become more comparable to those of the early Holocene Xerothermic or pyrothermic as the global warming trend progresses.' © by the Northwest Scientific Association. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Brown, K. J., and R. J. Hebda. 1998. Long-term fire incidence in coastal forests of British Columbia. Northwest Science, v. 72, no. 2, p. 64-66.