C. Phillip Weatherspoon

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Pacific Southwest Research Station
USDA Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, California 96002, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Shrub Seed Banks in Mixed Conifer Forests of Northern California and the Role of Fire in Regulating Abundance
Pages: 32-48
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0801032

Understory shrubs play important ecological roles in forests of the western US, but they can also impede early tree growth and lead to fire hazard concerns when very dense.  Some of the more common genera (Ceanothus, Arctostaphylos, and Prunus) persist for long periods in the seed bank, even in areas where plants have been shaded out.  To determine shrub seed density and investigate the feasibility of managing shrub abundance by regulating the size of the soil seed bank with fire, we sampled the seed bank in 24 mixed conifer forest stands throughout northern California.  [Read More]

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