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Vegetal development on the Sleeping Child burn in western Montana, 1961 to 1973

Author(s): L. Jack Lyon
Year Published: 1976
Description:

In the year following the 1961 Sleeping Child forest fire on the Bitterroot National Forest, Montana, 11 permanent transects were established within the burn. Vegetation development was recorded through 1973, but only four transects were considered indicative of seral forest succession independent of superimposed management activities including salvage logging, cattle grazing, and chemical thinning of tree seedlings. Tree-seedling attrition amounted to 48 percent of established plants in 11 years and shrub-crown volumes exceeded 2,000 ft /acre, while cover at ground level reached nearly 60 percent. Vegetal cover by introduced grasses was an important component of these plant communities for 6 to 8 years. Major modifications in plant community structure resulted from management activities, but none of the existing communities are considered completely atypical.

Citation: Lyon, L. Jack. 1976. Vegetal development on the Sleeping Child burn in western Montana, 1961 to 1973. Res. Pap. INT-RP-184. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 24 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Fuels Inventory & Monitoring, Management Approaches, Post-fire Management, Fuels
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11951
FRAMES RCS number: 14105
Record updated: May 24, 2018