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Fire Ecology
Volume 8, Issue 3 - 2012
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803

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Classic Article

Fire-Stick Farming, with an Introduction by Aaron M. Petty

Author: Rhys Jones
Pages: 1-8
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803001

Rhys Jones was not a fire ecologist, and he was the first to admit that. What Rhys Jones did understand was time—deep time. By his death in 2001, Jones had become the pre-eminent Australian archaeologist, with a research portfolio that spanned from Tasmania to New Guinea. Among his many achievements, Jones helped establish the time of human occupation of Australia at 40 000 years.

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Research Articles

Fuel Conditions Associated with Native and Exotic Grasses in a Subtropical Dry Forest in Puerto Rico

Authors: Jarrod M. Thaxton, Skip J. Van Bloem, and Stefanie Whitmire
Pages: 9-17
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803009

Exotic grasses capable of increasing frequency and intensity of anthropogenic fire have invaded subtropical and tropical dry forests worldwide. Since many dry forest trees are susceptible to fire, this can result in decline of native species and loss of forest cover.

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The Role of Fire-Return Interval and Season of Burn in Snag Dynamics in a South Florida Slash Pine Forest

Authors: John D. Lloyd, Gary L. Slater, and James R. Snyder
Pages: 18-31
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803018

Standing dead trees, or snags, are an important habitat element for many animal species. In many ecosystems, fire is a primary driver of snag population dynamics because it can both create and consume snags. The objective of this study was to examine how variation in two key components of the fire regime-fire-return interval and season of burn-affected population dynamics of snags.

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Time Since Fire Affects Ectoparasite Prevalence on Lizards in the Florida Scrub Ecosystem

Authors: Earl D. McCoy, Joseph M. Styga, Carol E. Rizkalla, and Henry R. Mushinsky
Pages: 32-40
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803032

Prevalence of parasites can be an indicator of individual and population health of hosts. Populations of parasites can be affected by habitat management practices, however, which in turn can affect prevalence on hosts.

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Trends in Wildfire Severity: 1984 to 2010 in the Sierra Nevada, Modoc Plateau, and Southern Cascades, California, USA

Authors: Jay D. Miller and Hugh D. Safford
Pages: 41-57
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803041

Data from recent assessments indicate that the annual area of wildfires burning at high severity (where most trees are killed) has increased since 1984 across much of the southwestern United States.

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Biomass and Burning Characteristics of Sugar Pine Cones

Authors: Anton T. Gabrielson, Andrew J. Larson, James A. Lutz, and James J. Reardon
Pages: 58-70
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803058

We investigated the physical and burning characteristics of sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana Douglas) cones and their contribution to woody surface fuel loadings.

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Monitoring Live Fuel Moisture Using Soil Moisture and Remote Sensing Proxies

Authors: Yi Qi, Philip E. Dennison, Jessica Spencer, and David Riaņo
Pages: 71-87
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803071

Live fuel moisture (LFM) is an important fuel property controlling fuel ignition and fire propagation. LFM varies seasonally, and is controlled by precipitation, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and plant physiology.

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Simulated Effects of Two Fire Regimes on Bighorn Sheep: the San Gabriel Mountains, California, USA

Authors: Stephen A. Holl, Vernon C. Bleich, Barry W. Callenberger, and Bernard Bahro
Pages: 88-103
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803088

An isolated population of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) occupies fire-adapted chaparral ranges in the San Gabriel Mountains, California, USA.

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Aspen Restoration in the Eastern Sierra Nevada: Effectiveness of Prescribed Fire and Conifer Removal

Authors: Kevin D. Krasnow, Anne S. Halford, and Scott L. Stephens
Pages: 104-118
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803104

Aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) comprises only a small fraction (1 %) of the Sierra Nevada landscape, yet contributes significant biological diversity to this range. In an effort to rejuvenate declining aspen stands, the Bureau of Land Management conducted conifer removal in three sites (2004 to 2006) and prescribed fire in two sites (2007).

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Book Review

A Future in Flames

Author: John D. Scasta
Page: 119
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803119

Author Danielle Clode, a researcher at the University of Melbourne, presents an intriguing look into the fire-prone ecosystems of Australia. "Bushfires,” a term used to describe the unique wildfires of the Australian bush, are a developmental driver for the ecological and human dimensions of this continent. This text presents a viewpoint that accounts for the historical and ecological interactions of fire, climate, vegetation, and humans in Australia.

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