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Fire Ecology
Volume 9, Issue 3 - 2013
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903

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Classic Article

Is The Longleaf Type a Climax?, with an Introduction by Brian P. Oswald

Author: H.H. Chapman
Pages: 1-7
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903001

When I moved to the south in 1992, one of the first articles I read regarding the ecological role of fire in southern forests was H.H. Chapman’s “Is the Longleaf Type a Climax?” from the 1932 volume of Ecology.  Herman Haupt Chapman followed his short tenure as a forest assistant under Gifford Pinchot with a long career on the faculty in the Yale University School of Forestry.

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Forum: Issues, Management, Policy, and Opinions

Human Fires and Wildfires on Sydney Sandstones: History Informs Management

Authors: Vic Jurskis and Roger Underwood
Pages: 8-24
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903008

There is a concept in fire ecology that some natural (pre-European) fire regimes were dominated by infrequent high intensity fires ignited by lightning. In Australia, some ecologists extend this to most or all ecosystems across the landscape.

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Short Communication

Lepidoptera Pest Species Response to Mid-Summer Fire

Authors: T.R. Evans, C.J.M. Musters, E.D. Cashatt, and G.R. de Snoo
Pages: 25-32
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903025

In the American Midwest, summer fires are infrequent, and there is little information on their impact on ecosystems. After an accidental wildfire in a 20 ha grassland restoration, new growth provided effective substrate for the noctuid species corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), and tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (Fabricius).

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Research Articles

Foliar Consumption Across a Sudden Oak Death Chronosequence in Laboratory Fires

Authors: Howard Kuljian and J. Morgan Varner
Pages: 33-44
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903033

The recent introduction and spread of sudden oak death (SOD; caused by Phytopthora ramorum) has caused heavy mortality in native tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus [Hook. & Arn.] Manos et al. = Lithocarpus densiflorus [Hook. & Arn.] Rehder) forests in California and Oregon, USA.

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Unauthorized Firesetting as Socioecological Disturbance: A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Incendiary Wildfires in Georgia, USA, 1987-2010

Author: Michael R. Coughlan
Pages: 45-63
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903045

I analyzed the spatiotemporal patterning of intentional, unauthorized landscape fires in the state of Georgia, USA, for the years 1987 through 2010 with the aim of delineating socioecological constraints on and firesetter preferences for the timing and placement of ignitions.

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Short-Term Effects of Repeated Wildfires in Oak-Juniper Woodlands

Authors: Charlotte M. Reemts and Laura L. Hansen
Pages: 64-79
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903064

Fire can shape both the structure and composition of vegetation communities, especially those dominated by species with different regeneration strategies. The dominant species of oak-juniper communities in central Texas include resprouters (oaks [Quercus spp.]) and a reseeder (Ashe juniper [Juniperus ashei Buchholz]).

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Seasonal Variation in Flammability Characteristics of Quercus marilandica and Quercus stellata Leaf Litter Burned in the Laboratory

Authors: John R. Weir and Ryan F. Limb
Pages: 80-88
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903080

Historically, the Cross Timbers forest of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas burned frequently. Fire managers in the region often have varied success when conducting prescribed fires, with one hypothesis being that fuel quality varies with litter age.

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Fire Effects on Basal Area, Tiller Production, and Mortality of the C4 Bunchgrass, Purple Threeawn

Authors: Dustin J. Strong, Amy C. Ganguli, and Lance T. Vermeire
Pages: 89-99
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903089

Fire behavior associated with wild and prescribed fires is variable, but plays a vital role in how a plant responds to fire. Understanding the relationship between fire behavior and rangeland plant community response will help to improve the use of prescribed fire to achieve management objectives.

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Book Review

Prescribed Burning in Fire-Prone Landscapes

Authors: C. Alina Cansler and Andrew J. Larson
Page: 100
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0903100

The Ecological Society of America journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment recently published an open access special issue of interest to Fire Ecology readers, “Prescribed Burning in Fire-Prone Landscapes.” The seven papers in this special issue provide an international perspective on the basis for and use of prescribed burning, as well as other human uses of fire, such as wildland fire use and traditional indigenous burning practices.

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