John D. Stuart

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Department of Forestry and Watershed Management
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata , CA 95521, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Geographic Analysis of Natural Fire Rotation in the California Redwood Forest During the Suppression Era
Pages: 73-99
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0201073

A geographic information system (GIS) was used to analyze the effects of six physical variables (redwood sub-region, slope, aspect, elevation, distance from the coast, and moisture regime) on the natural fire rotation (NFR) of redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests between 1950 and 2003. NFR is defined as the years necessary for fires to burn over an area equal to that of the study area.  [Read More]

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Seed Viability and Fire-Related Temperature Treatments in Serotinous California Native Hesperocyparis Species
Pages: 107-124
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802107

Fire-prone serotinous California Hesperocyparis L. (cypress) have been experiencing low seedling recruitment, underscoring our need to better understand these species’ responses to fire. We investigated the specific heating conditions required to break cone serotiny and to promote seed dispersal by focusing on five Hesperocyparis species of interior California: Hesperocyparis nevadensis (Abrams) Bartel, Paiute cypress; H. bakeri (Jeps.) Bartel, Baker cypress (also known as Modoc cypress); H. forbesii Jeps. Bartel, tecate cypress; H. macnabiana (A. Murray bis) Bartel, McNab’s cypress; and H. sargentii (Jeps.) Bartel (Sargent’s cypress).  [Read More]

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