Conifer mortality in California: fire risk and dead tree management
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): Russell D. Briggs ; Susan C. Cook-Patton
Publication Year: 2018

Cataloging Information

  • Canada
  • Dendroctonus ponderosae
  • fire severity
  • mountain pine beetle
  • tree mortality
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Record Last Modified: May 31, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 57516


The adverse effects of climate change on forest ecosystems are many and varied (IPCC 2014). In the Western United States, drought frequency and severity (both magnitude and period of water defcit) are rising. Hot and dry conditions increase the susceptibility of trees to fre and bark beetle attack, resulting in excessive mortality. Hicke and others (2016) estimated cumulative bark beetle mortality in the Western United States from 1979 to 2012 at 16 million acres (6.4 million ha), which amounted to 7.1 percent of the entire forested area.

Online Link(s):
Briggs Russell D.; Cook-Patton, Susan C. 2019. Conifer mortality in California: fire risk and dead tree management. Fire Management Today 76(3):5-12.