MaryBeth Keifer

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Pacific West Regional Office
National Park Service
1111 Jackson Street
Suite 700
Oakland , CA 94607-4807 , United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Long-Term Surface Fuel Accumulation in Burned and Unburned Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Central and Southern Sierra Nevada, CA USA
Pages: 53-72
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0201053

After nearly a century of fire exclusion in many central and southern Sierra Nevada mixedconifer forests, dead and down surface fuels have reached high levels without the recurring fires that consume the accumulated organic matter. The effects of prescribed fires used to reduce fuel loads and restore fire have been monitored in Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks for over 30 years. Ten years following prescribed fire treatments in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, mean total fuel loads accumulated to 84 percent of pre-fire levels in ponderosa pine forests, 83 percent in white fir-mixed conifer, and 66 percent in giant sequoia-mixed conifer forests.  [Read More]

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