Mutigating old tree mortality in long-unburned, fire-dependent forests: a synthesis
Document Type: Book
Author(s): S. M. Hood
Publication Year: 2010

Cataloging Information

  • Abies concolor
  • burning intervals
  • Calocedrus decurrens
  • climate change
  • coniferous forests
  • diameter classes
  • duff
  • duff consumption
  • duff mounds
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire exclusion
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire retardants
  • fire scar analysis
  • foam
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel treatment
  • heat effects
  • heat injury
  • incense cedar
  • insects
  • Jeffrey pine
  • litter
  • longleaf pine
  • mineral soils
  • mopping up
  • mortality
  • old growth forests
  • old-growth
  • overstory
  • Pinus jeffreyi
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • plant diseases
  • ponderosa pine
  • precipitation
  • reintroduction of fire
  • roots
  • site treatments
  • smoldering
  • thinning
  • tree mortality
  • white fir
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Record Last Modified: October 31, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 49419
Tall Timbers Record Number: 25802
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RMRS-238
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The report synthesizes the literature and current state of knowledge pertaining to reintroducing fire in stands where it has been excluded for long periods and the impact of these introductory fires on overstory tree injury and mortality. Only forested ecosystems in the United States that are adapted to survive frequent fire are included. Treatment options that minimize large-diameter and old tree injury and mortality in areas with deep duff and methods to manage and reduce duff accumulations are discussed. Pertinent background information on tree physiology, properties of duff, and historical versus current disturbance regimes are also discussed.

Hood, S. M. 2010. Mutigating old tree mortality in long-unburned, fire-dependent forests: a synthesis. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-238. Fort Collins, CO, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.