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Title: Fire History of a Ridge and Valley Oak Forest

Author: Schuler, Thomas M.; McClain, W. Russ;

Date: 2003

Source: Res. Pap. NE-724. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 9 p.

Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)

Description: The fire history of an oak stand located near Pike Knob, Pendleton County, WV is described. A 156-year fire history chronology was developed from 1846 to 2002 and fire intervals ranged from 7 to 32 years for a single forest stand. The Weibull median fire interval was 14.76 years for one or more trees scarred during a single year, and 17.11 years when at least two trees were scarred during a single year. Oak recruitment ceased after 1937, during an unusually long fire-free interval, offering indirect support of the important role of fire in perpetuating oak forests of the region.

Keywords: northern red oak, fire history, fire interval, Palmer Drought Severity Index

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Schuler, Thomas M.; McClain, W. Russ 2003. Fire History of a Ridge and Valley Oak Forest. Res. Pap. NE-724. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 9 p.

 


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