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Title: Ponderosa pine in the Colorado Front Range: long historical fire and tree recruitment intervals and a case for landscape heterogeneity

Author: Kaufmann, M. R.; Huckaby, L. S.; Gleason, P.

Date: 2000

Source: In: Neuenschwander, Leon F.; Ryan, Kevin C., tech. eds. Proceedings from the Joint Fire Science Conference and Workshop: Crossing the Millennium: Integrating spatial technologies and ecological principles for a new age in fire management; Boise, Idaho, June 15-17, 1999. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho: 153-160.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: An unlogged forest landscape in the Colorado Front Range provides insight into historical characteristics of ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir landscapes where the past fire regime was mixed severity with mean fire intervals of 50 years or more. Natural fire and tree recruitment patterns resulted in considerable spatial and temporal heterogeneity, whereas nearby forest landscapes impacted by logging, grazing, and fire suppression are much more homoge neous. The historical landscape characteristics serve as a guide for restoration of current landscape conditions to improve ecological sustainability and mitigate wildfire and postfire erosion risks.

Keywords: fire history, tree recruitment, historical ecology, landscape scale processes

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Kaufmann, M. R.; Huckaby, L. S.; Gleason, P. 2000. Ponderosa pine in the Colorado Front Range: long historical fire and tree recruitment intervals and a case for landscape heterogeneity. In: Neuenschwander, Leon F.; Ryan, Kevin C., tech. eds. Proceedings from the Joint Fire Science Conference and Workshop: Crossing the Millennium: Integrating spatial technologies and ecological principles for a new age in fire management; Boise, Idaho, June 15-17, 1999. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho: 153-160.

 


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