Paul E. Hosten

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Kalaupapa National Historical Park
National Park Service
PO Box 2222
Kalaupapa , HI 56742, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Prescribed Fire and Post-Fire Seeding in Brush Masticated Oak-Chaparral: Consequences for Native and Non-Native Plants
Pages: 60-75
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0602060

In fire-suppressed oak-chaparral communities, land managers have treated thousands of hectares by mechanical mastication to reduce hazardous fuels in areas of wildland-urban interface. The chipped debris, which decomposes slowly, can be burned to minimize wildfire hazard. The question is whether controlled burning of masticated debris results in loss of native plant species richness and abundance, allowing for gains in non-native species. We examined the response of vegetation to the seasonality of prescribed fire and to post-fire seeding in mechanically masticated oak-chaparral communities in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon, USA.  [Read More]

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