Mixed-pine forests, fire and snags in Upper Michigan
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief
Author(s): Lydia J. Ball
Publication Year: 2013

Cataloging Information

  • eastern white pine
  • girdling
  • jack pine
  • LSFSC - Lake States Fire Science Consortium
  • mixed-pine forests
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus resinosa
  • Pinus strobus
  • red pine
  • snags
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Record Last Modified: May 30, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 55966


[from the text] Dead standing trees, known as snags, remain after various types of disturbances in forests. In addition to providing habitat for flora and fauna, snags are an important part of nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration processes.  Knowing characteristics of snags from bench-mark or reference forests provides useful guidelines for those wishing to manage within the natural range of variability. Moreover, if so desired, forest managers can create snags with prescribed fire, girdling, and topping techniques.  This study had two purposes: 1) to characterize the snag community of reference mixed-pine plots and compare them with altered plots and 2) characterize differences in snag progression using the techniques discussed above.

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Ball, Lydia J. 2013. Mixed-pine forests, fire and snags in Upper Michigan. Research Brief for Resource Managers RB-13-1. Lake States Fire Science Consortium. 2 p.