Douglas J. Westlind

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Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory
USDA Forest Service
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, Oregon 97331, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Long-Term Effects of Burn Season and Frequency on Ponderosa Pine Forest Fuels and Seedlings
Pages: 42-61
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.130304261

Prescribed fire is widely applied in western US forests to limit future fire severity by reducing tree density, fuels, and excessive seedlings. Repeated prescribed burning attempts to simulate historical fire regimes in frequent-fire forests, yet there is limited long-term information regarding optimal burn season and frequency. In addition, burns are operationally feasible only in the spring and late fall, largely outside the historical wildfire season. This study quantifies the effect of seasonal reburns on woody surface fuels, forest floor fuels, and understory tree regeneration abundance in six previously thinned ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Lawson & C. Lawson) stands in the southern Blue Mountain Ecoregion of Oregon, USA.  [Read More]

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