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Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Author(s): Kristin L. Zouhar
Year Published: 2001
Description:

This FEIS species review synthesizes information on the relationship of Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle) to fire--how fire affects the species and its habitat, invasiveness of the species, effects of the species on fuels and fire regimes, and fire management considerations. Information is also provided on the species' taxonomy, distribution, basic biology, and general management. This species review can be used for fire management, restoration planning, NEPA documents, and postfire rehabilitation planning. It may also be helpful in wildlife and habitat and invasive species management, and as a source of information on the general ecology of individual species.

Citation: Zouhar, Kris 2001. Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle). In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/cirarv/all.html.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Invasive Species
Ecosystem(s): Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Juniper woodland, Sagebrush steppe, Lower montane/foothills/valley grassland, Alpine/subalpine shrubland/meadow, Riparian woodland/shrubland
Document Type: Synthesis
NRFSN number: 10482
FEIS Number: 621
Record updated: May 24, 2018