The role of wildland fire in portions of southeastern North America
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): David H. Jurney; R. Evans; J. Ipppolito; V. Bergstrom
Editor(s): R. Todd Engstrom; Krista E. M. Galley; William J. de Groot
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Carya
  • Castanea dentata
  • coastal plain
  • dendrochronology
  • dendrochronology
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • droughts
  • eastern Texas
  • ENSO
  • European settlement
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire dependent species
  • fire frequency
  • fire frequency records
  • fire regimes
  • fire scar analysis
  • fire scars
  • fire size
  • Florida
  • grasslands
  • Gulf Coastal Plain
  • hardwood forests
  • histories
  • human caused fires
  • land use
  • landscape ecology
  • lightning caused fires
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • mosaic
  • national forests
  • Native Americans
  • Oklahoma
  • old growth forests
  • Ozarks
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus echinata
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus taeda
  • plant communities
  • pollen
  • prairies
  • presettlement fires
  • presettlement vegetation
  • Quercus
  • Quercus alba
  • Quercus prinus
  • Quercus rubra
  • Quercus stellata
  • season of fire
  • Texas
  • topography
  • US Forest Service
  • wildfires
  • witness trees
  • xeric soils
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Record Last Modified: March 19, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 42446
Tall Timbers Record Number: 17521
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Tall Timbers shelf
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Records of natural and cultural fires are scattered, difficult to obtain, and are of variable quality. We synthesize these disparate data for portions of southeastern North America from 1916 to 1990 for use by foresters, ecologists, and land managers. Dendrochronological studies provide data on local drought and fire scar frequencies. Historical accounts are rarely useful for frequency and extent information, but yield data on the role of fire in the pre-settlement landscape. General Land Office (GLO) records indicate pre-settlement vegetation patterns, but are of limited coverage and use in fire frequency estimations. These data indicate that fire is a key part of southeastern ecosystems, and fire fluctuates in extent, intensity, and frequency through time. © 2004, Tall Timbers Research, Inc.

Jurney, D., R. Evans, J. Ipppolito, and V. Bergstrom. 2004. The role of wildland fire in portions of southeastern North America, in Engstrom, R. T., Galley, K. E. M., and de Groot, W. J., Proceedings 22nd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in temperate, boreal, and montane ecosystems. Kananaskis Village, Alberta, Canada. Tall Timbers Research, Inc.,Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [Imperial Printing Ltd.]. p. 95-116,