Influence of fire on long-term patterns of forest succession in Alaskan boreal forests
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): E. S. Kasischke; N. H.F. French; K. P. ONeill; D. D. Richter; L. L. BourgeauChavez; P. A. Harrell
Editor(s): E. S. Kasischke; B. J. Stocks
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • Betula papyrifera
  • biomass
  • biomass burning
  • black spruce
  • boreal forests
  • broadcast burning
  • carbon
  • coniferous forests
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • moisture
  • New York
  • nutrient cycling
  • organic matter
  • Picea glauca
  • Picea mariana
  • Populus balsamifera
  • Populus tremuloides
  • soil moisture
  • soil organic matter
  • soil temperature
  • succession
  • temperature
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 21854
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From the Discussion (p.232-233) ... 'Although a general theory of how fire severity affects forest succession through its influence on the depth of the organic soil layer has been developed, the specifics of the overall process have not been quantified. In particular, although there is a general understanding of factors that influence the patterns of fire severity, outside of a few experimental burns (Dyrness and Norum 1983), the spatial and temporal variations of ground-layer biomass burning in black spruce forests are not well known. In addition, relatively few measurements of the effects of fire on patterns of soil temperature and moisture in these ecosystems have been collected (Viereck 1982). Finally, there are very few measurements of the dependence of soil respiration on soil moisture and temperature in Alaskan black spruce forests (Schlentner and Van Cleve 1985; O'Neill et al. 1997; Richter et al., this volume). Increased soil respiration not only reduces the amount of organic matter present in the ground layer but is a very important consideration in nutrient cycling, which, in turn, is important for plant and tree growth.' © 2000 Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.

Kasischke, E. S., N. H. F. French, K. P. ONeill, D. D. Richter, L. L. BourgeauChavez, and P. A. Harrell. 2000. Influence of fire on long-term patterns of forest succession in Alaskan boreal forests, in ES Kasischke and BJ Stocks eds., Fire, climate change, and carbon cycling in the boreal forest. New York, Springer-Verlag, Ecological Studies; 138, p. 214-235.