Resistance is not futile: the response of hardwoods to fire-caused wounding
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Elaine Kennedy Sutherland ; Kevin T. Smith
Editor(s): Daniel A. Yaussy
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • barrens
  • mixed oak
  • native burning
  • oak - hickory
  • rare plants
  • ridgetop-pine
  • soil microbes
  • Unknown
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Record Last Modified: November 9, 2015
FRAMES Record Number: 8314


Fires wound trees; but not all of them, and not always. Specific fire behavior and differences among tree species and individual trees produce variable patterns of wounding and wound response. Our work focuses on the relationships between fire behavior and tree biology to better understand how hardwood trees resist injury to the lower stem and either survive or succumb to low-intensity fire. Our objectives here were to 1) define and describe the wounding process, 2) to describe compartmentalization and wound closure and 3) to discuss species-specific differences among several common hardwood trees in the resistance to injury and resilience after wounding. Characteristics of fire scars are summarized.

Online Link(s):
Sutherland, Elaine Kennedy; Smith, Kevin. 2000. Resistance is not futile: the response of hardwoods to fire-caused wounding. Pages 111-115 In: Yaussy, Daniel A. (Comp.). Proceedings: workshop on fire, people, and the central hardwoods landscape; 2000 March 12-14; Richmond, KY. General Technical Report NE-GTR-274. Newtown Square, PA: USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station.