Understory prescribed burning in red pine and white pine
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): D. J. McRae; T. J. Lynham; R. J. Frech
Publication Year: 1994

Cataloging Information

  • Canada
  • coniferous forests
  • crown scorch
  • crown scorching
  • duff
  • eastern white pine
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • fuel loading
  • natural regeneration
  • pine
  • Pinus resinosa
  • Pinus strobus
  • red pine
  • regeneration
  • seedbed preparation
  • seeds
  • slash
  • succession
  • understory prescribed burning
  • understory vegetation
  • vegetation control
  • vegetation surveys
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Record Last Modified: October 22, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 44911
Tall Timbers Record Number: 20346
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The alarming loss of forested areas containing red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) and eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) in eastern Canada is a situation that must be addressed promptly by changing management approaches. Since the ecological role of fire in the regeneration and perpetuation of these pines is well known, it makes sense to use fire to maintain pine ecosystems through forest management that uses an understory prescribed burn program. Fears of fire escape and a poor knowledge of applying fire correctly to these ecosystems are the result of poor training in the use of prescribed fire, which normally concentrates solely on post-harvest slash sites; this has prevented extensive use of understory prescribed burning in the past. However, research in Canada, principally using the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System, allows forest managers to develop burning prescriptions that are safe and economical while meeting objectives for seedbed preparation, natural seeding and control of competing vegetation. © The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut Forestier du Canada. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
McRae, D. J., T. J. Lynham, and R. J. Frech. 1994. Understory prescribed burning in red pine and white pine. Forestry Chronicle, v. 70, no. 4, p. 395-401.