Fire and Ecosystem Effects Interactions
How do annual area burned and fire size relate to tree dispersal, regeneration, and establishement?
The authors found that fires within the ponderosa pine stands did not spread to the adjacent pinyon-juniper woodland. Historically, fire in pinyon-juniper was typically severe and stand-replacing, but limited in size with fire return intervals of 300 to 400 years. This has resulted in numerous small patches of same-aged pinyon stands.