Plant invasions and fire regimes [Chapter 3]
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Matthew L. Brooks
Editor(s): Kristin L. Zouhar; Jane Kapler Smith; Steve Sutherland; Matthew L. Brooks
Publication Year: 2008

Cataloging Information

  • coastal plain
  • crown fires
  • duff
  • fine fuels
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • flammability
  • forbs
  • fuel management
  • fuel types
  • ground cover
  • heavy fuels
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • ignition
  • invasive species
  • native species (plants)
  • overstory
  • peat
  • prairies
  • range management
  • season of fire
  • surface fires
  • surface fuels
  • vegetation surveys
  • wildfires
  • woody fuels
  • woody plants
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Record Last Modified: November 21, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 47774
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23767
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RMRS-42 v.6
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From the text (p.45) ... 'In this chapter I have presented a number of examples of how plant invasions can alter fire regimes. Although the ecological implications of these changes can be significant, one must remember that few plant invasions will result in fire regimes shifted beyond their reference conditions. Even so, the potential effects of invaders on fire regimes must be considered along with other potential effects when prioritizing plant invaders for management (for example, Warner and others 2003). To help in this task, I have described key elements linking fuel conditions with fire regimes that can help in screening plant invaders for their potential effects. This task would further benefit from additional examples of cases where invasions by nonnative plants have altered fire regimes. There are very likely many examples that await discovery, especially in contexts where these relationships may not be expected or otherwise cause people to take notice.'

Brooks, M. L. 2008. Plant invasions and fire regimes [Chapter 3], in K Zouhar, JK Smith, S Sutherland, and ML Brooks eds., Wildland fire in ecosystems: fire and nonnative invasive plants. Fort Collins, CO, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-42-volume 6, p. 33-45.