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Managing for old growth in frequent-fire landscapes

Fiedler, Carl E. and Friederici, Peter and Petruncio, Mark and Denton, Charles and Hacker, W. David (2007) Managing for old growth in frequent-fire landscapes. Ecology and Society, 12 (2). p. 20. ISSN 1708-3087


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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing frequent-fire, old-growth forests. However, there are general guidelines to follow: 1) set objectives for both structure (tree density, diameter distribution, tree species composition, spatial arrangement, amount of coarse woody debris) and function (nutrient cycling, desired tree species regeneration); 2) prioritize treatments according to ecological, economic, and social needs and risks; 3) identify the potential treatments (natural fire, prescribed fire, silvicultural cutting) that best meet the objectives and scale of the project; and 4) implement the treatment (s). We discuss each of these guidelines in this article.

Item Type: Article
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright © 2007 by the author(s).
Keywords: Afforestation, Agriculture; Conservation of natural resources; Droughts; Ecological restoration; ecosystem; Environmental policy; Fire; forest management; Forests & forestry; function; Government policy; Landscapes; Montana; Natural disasters; Natural resources; ponderosa pine forests; silvicultural treatments; Structure; thinning; Tree crops; USA
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Social and Behavioral Science > School of Communication > Journalism
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2015 17:39
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/657

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