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Title: Assessment of fire-damaged mesquite trees 8 years following an illegal burn

Author: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Garcia, Pablo; Valdez-Zamudio, Diego; Al-Khouri, Akram

Date: 2003

Source: In: McClaran, Mitchel P.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Edminster, Carleton B., tech. coords. Santa Rita Experimental Range: 100 years (1903 to 2003) of accomplishments and contributions; conference proceedings; 2003 October 30-November 1; Tucson, AZ. Proc. RMRS-P-30. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 166-168.

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Description: Effects of an illegal burn on the Santa Rita Experimental Range on mesquite (Prosopis velutina) survival in the semidesert grass-shrub ecosystem was initially assessed in terms of firedamage classes 18 months after the fire and again 8 years after the burn. While many of the mesquite trees on the burned site were damaged by the fire, some of the trees appear to have recovered to preburn conditions. The effects of the burn on mesquite stocking characteristics and sprouting mortality were also determined from the latter assessment. Results obtained from the 8-year assessment add to the knowledge about the effects of fire on mesquite trees in semidesert grass-shrub ecosystems of the Southwestern United States.

Keywords: mesquite trees, fire-damaged, survival, postfire sprouting

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Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Garcia, Pablo; Valdez-Zamudio, Diego; Al-Khouri, Akram. 2003. Assessment of fire-damaged mesquite trees 8 years following an illegal burn. In: McClaran, Mitchel P.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Edminster, Carleton B., tech. coords. Santa Rita Experimental Range: 100 years (1903 to 2003) of accomplishments and contributions; conference proceedings; 2003 October 30-November 1; Tucson, AZ. Proc. RMRS-P-30. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 166-168.

 


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