Olivia C. Duren

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Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Oregon State University
2082 Cordley Hall
Corvallis , OR 97331, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Does Fuels Management Accomplish Restoration in Southwest Oregon, USA, Chaparral? Insights from Age Structure
Pages: 76-96
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0602076

Fuels management is often intended to both reduce fire hazard and restore ecosystems thought to be impacted by fire suppression. Objectives to reduce fire hazard, however, are not compatible with restoration in many vegetation types. Application of ecologically incompatible treatments to poorly understood ecosystems can drain management resources and contribute to ecosystem degradation. Extensive areas of chaparral on Bureau of Land Management lands in southwest Oregon, USA, are annually targeted for fuels treatment. However, the fire ecology of this ecosystem is not well understood and the assumptions guiding treatment need and design are based on extrapolations from other ecosystems. We studied patterns in age structure of two obligate-seeding chaparral shrubs, sticky whiteleaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos viscida Parry) and buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus [Hook.] Nutt.) and assessed relationships with environment, fire, and potential livestock disturbance.   [Read More]

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