Full Citation: Weisz, Reuben; Triepke, Jack; Truman, Russ. 2009. Evaluating the ecological sustainability of a ponderosa pine ecosystem on the Kaibab Plateau in northern Arizona. Fire Ecology 5(1):100-114.
External Identifier(s): 10.4996/fireecology.0501100 Digital Object Identifier
Location: Kaibab Plateau; Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, U.S.
Ecosystem types: Ponderosa pine ecosystem
Southwest FireCLIME Keywords: None
FRAMES Keywords: landscape ecology, Pinus ponderosa, ponderosa pine, sustainability, Arizona, climate change, HRV - historical range of variability, landscape model, reference conditions

Evaluating the ecological sustainability of a ponderosa pine ecosystem on the Kaibab Plateau in northern Arizona

Reuben Weisz, Jack Triepke, Russ Truman


Summary - what did the authors do and why?

The authors created a process for evaluating the ecological sustainability of fire-adapted ecosystems in the face of climate change and analyzed a case study in ponderosa pine forests on the Kaibab Plateau within the Kaibab National Forest.


Publication findings:

The authors found that current and projected conditions in the structure and composition of ponderosa pine forests are approximately 97% departed from reference conditions on the Kaibab Plateau. Conditions in these forests are likely to persist due to the continued fire suppression and lack of management activities to reduce forest density.

Fire and Ecosystem Effects Linkages

The authors found that current and projected conditions in the structure and composition of ponderosa pine forests are approximately 97% departed from reference conditions on the Kaibab Plateau. Conditions in these forests are likely to persist due to the continued fire suppression and lack of management activities to reduce forest density.