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A method for determining fire history in coniferous forests in the Mountain West

Author(s): Stephen F. Arno, Kathy M. Sneck
Year Published: 1977

An improved version is presented of a method previously used [see FA 40, 169]. Instructions are given for: laying out transects; gathering stand data, including documenting fire-scarred trees; sampling fire-scarred trees; laboratory analysis of tree cross-sections; correlating fire chronologies; and calculating fire frequency. The method gives information on changes in forest composition and stand structure caused by previous fires and on the changes that can be expected from the use of various fire management practices.

Citation: Arno, Stephen F.; Sneck, Kathy M. 1977. A method for determining fire history in coniferous forests of the Mountain West. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-42. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 28 p.
Topic(s): Fire History, Frequency, Fuels Inventory & Monitoring, Fuels
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11176
FRAMES RCS number: 5509
Record updated: May 24, 2018