The effects of fire on activities designed to increase carbon sequestration in the boreal forest
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): E. S. Kasischke
Editor(s): S. G. Conard
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • age classes
  • biomass
  • boreal forests
  • carbon
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • erosion
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • forest products
  • lichens
  • litter
  • mineral soils
  • mosses
  • organic matter
  • post fire recovery
  • roots
  • runoff
  • sedimentation
  • soil leaching
  • soil temperature
  • succession
  • suppression
  • temperature
  • tundra
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 45458
Tall Timbers Record Number: 20991
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:NC-209
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This paper discusses the overall effects fire has on the carbon budget of boreal forests. Studies on using the boreal forest as a means to sequester carbon have not adequately accounted for these effects. Among other approaches, it has been suggested that suppression of fire in the boreal forest represent a means to increase terrestrial carbon storage. The impracticality of this approach is illustrated through a discussion of the costs associated with fighting fires in boreal regions.

Kasischke, E. S. 2000. The effects of fire on activities designed to increase carbon sequestration in the boreal forest, in Conard, S. G., Disturbance in boreal forest ecosystems: human impacts and natural processes. Duluth, MN. USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station,St. Paul, MN. p. 343-350,General Technical Report NC-209.