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Fire and vegetative trends in the Northern Rockies: interpretations from 1871-1982 photographs

Author(s): George E. Gruell
Year Published: 1983
Description:

Interprets changes in forest and range vegetation resulting from the absence of fire. Eighty-six matched photographs covering the period 1871-1982 provide the basis for describing how vegetation has changed in various plant communities. These scenes show that woody vegetation has increased markedly as a result of reduced wildfire. An increase in conifers and deterioration of herbs, shrubs, and deciduous trees is resulting in loss of habitat upon which early and mid-successional wildlife species depend. Implications on wildlife and opportunities for use of cutting and prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat are discussed.

Citation: Gruell, George E. 1983. Fire and vegetative trends in the Northern Rockies: interpretations from 1871-1982 photographs. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-158. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 117 p.
Topic(s): Fire History
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, Juniper woodland, Mountain shrubland/wooded draw, Sagebrush steppe
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11260
FRAMES RCS number: 12630
Record updated: Mar 20, 2018