Full Citation: Margolis, Ellis Q.; Swetnam, Thomas W.; Allen, Craig D. 2007. A stand-replacing fire history in upper montane forests of the southern Rocky Mountains. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37(11):2227-2241.
External Identifier(s): 10.1139/X07-079 Digital Object Identifier
Location: Southwest, U.S.; Arizona and New Mexico, U.S.
Ecosystem types: Upper montane forest; Mixed-conifer forest, Aspen
Southwest FireCLIME Keywords: None
FRAMES Keywords: fire scars, tree rings, Colorado, dendroecology, New Mexico, Populus tremuloides, quaking aspen, stand replacing fire, montane forests, southern Rocky Mountains, bark, catastrophic fires, coniferous forests, drought, ecosystem dynamics, elevation, fire injury, fire management, fire scar analysis, flammability, forest management, fuel types, land use, mining, montane forests, mountains, pine forests, statistical analysis, surface fires, wildfires

A stand-replacing fire history in upper montane forests of the southern Rocky Mountains

Ellis Q. Margolis, Thomas W. Swetnam, Craig D. Allen


Summary - what did the authors do and why?

The authors reconstructed the fire regime of upper montane forests, including mixed-conifer and aspen stands, of the upper Rio Grande basin and evaluated the potential relationships between interannual climate variability and regional high severity, stand-replacing fire occurrence.


Publication findings:

The authors found that that regional synchronous fire years in montane ecosystems coincided with severe drought years. No antecedent climate conditions were found to have any significant effects on fire activity.

Climate and Fire Linkages

The authors found that that regional synchronous fire years in montane ecosystems coincided with severe drought years. No antecedent climate conditions were found to have any significant effects on fire activity.