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Continuing fire regimes in remote forest of Grand Canyon National Park

Fule, Peter Z. and Heinlein, Thomas A. and Covington, W. Wallace and Moore, Margaret M. (2000) Continuing fire regimes in remote forest of Grand Canyon National Park. In: Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Volume 5: Wilderness ecosystems, threats, and management (RMRS-P-15-VOL-5), May 23-27, 1999, Missoula, MT.


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Ponderosa pine forests in which frequent fire regimes continue up to the present would be invaluable points of reference for assessing natural ecological attributes. A few remote forests on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park come close to this ideal: never-harvested, distant from human communities and fire suppression resources, and with several low-intensity fires in the past century—a highly unusual recent fire regime in the Southwest. Recent fires appear to have played a crucial role in preventing the increases in forest density that characterize most southwestern pine forests. The study sites are not unaffected by the ecological changes associated with settlement, but they do present an important reference resource for study and management of ponderosa pine ecosystems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Published by US Forest Service.
Keywords: Air quality; Campsites; Fire regimes; Fish stocking; Invasive species; Livestock; Recreation impact; Restoration; Trails; Fire ecology; Grand Canyon; ERI Library
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: Research Centers > Ecological Restoration Institute
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2017 20:02
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2823

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