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Fire ecology of antelope bitterbrush in the Northern Rocky Mountains

Author(s): Stephen C. Bunting, Leon F. Neuenschwander, George E. Gruell
Year Published: 1985

Frequency of resprouting and number of newly established seedlings of antelope bitterbrush were sampled on sites burned by prescribed burns and wildfires 3 to 10 years previously to determine the effect of habitat type, growth form, and season of the burn on bitterbrush. Significant differences in resprouting response occurred among the growth forms, season of burning, and habitat type. Seedling.establishment was also markedly influenced by growth form, season of burning, and habitat type. Results of this study document the short-term effects of fire on bitterbrush populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Citation: Bunting, Stephen C.; Leon F. Neuenschwander; George E. Gruell. 1985. Fire ecology of antelope bitterbrush in the northern Rocky Mountains. In: Lotan, James E.; Brown, James K., compilers. Fire's effects on wildlife habitat - symposium proceedings; 1984 March 21; Missoula, MT. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-186. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. p. 48-57.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Fire Regime
Ecosystem(s): Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Juniper woodland, Mountain shrubland/wooded draw, Sagebrush steppe
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11058
FRAMES RCS number: 12621
Record updated: May 10, 2018