Predicting fire effects on rare plant taxa: a management perspective
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): A. M. LaRosa; M. L. Floyd
Coordinator(s): J. K. Brown; R. W. Mutch; C. W. Weatherspoon; R. H. Wakimoto
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • adaptation
  • Arizona
  • Astragalus
  • Colinus virginianus
  • Colorado
  • conservation
  • coryphantha
  • distribution
  • Eragrostis lehmanniana
  • fire adaptations
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire dependent species
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • game birds
  • grasslands
  • introduced species
  • range management
  • threatened and endangered species (animals)
  • threatened and endangered species (plants)
  • wilderness areas
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
  • wildlife
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 47869
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23877
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-320
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The Endangered Species Act elevates the protection of rare taxa above most other management objectives on Federal lands. In determining the relative importance of rare taxa preservation to fire management goals, the manager is faced with a compromise, which can only be adequately addressed from an understanding of the fire adaptations of the rare plant and the fire regime under which that plant evolved. Such data are rarely available. Discusses the types of data that are available, the sources of this information, and plant adaptations to various fire regimes. Two specific examples, from Mesa Verde National Park and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge are presented on how to use preliminary information on rare plant adaptations and wildfire regimes in fire management decisions.

LaRosa, A. M., and M. L. Floyd. 1995. Predicting fire effects on rare plant taxa: a management perspective, in Brown, J. K., Mutch, R. W., Spoon, C. W., and Wakimoto, R. H., Proceedings: symposium on fire in wilderness and park management. Missoula, MT. USDA Forest Service, Internountain Research Station,Ogden, UT. p. 83-88,General Technical Report INT-GTR-320.