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Influence of fire on factors that affect site productivity

Author(s): Roger D. Hungerford, Michael G. Harrington, William H. Frandsen, Kevin C. Ryan, Gerald J. Niehoff
Year Published: 1991

Presettlement fire played an important role in nutrient conversion, plant succession, diversity, and stand dynamics in coniferous forests of western North America. Prescribed fire can maintain site quality and contribute to control of insect and disease problems while reducing wildfire hazard. Fire effects on soils are largely governed by interactions between fuel consumption and soil characteristics that influence soil heating. Many impacts on vegetation and site productivity are also related to soil heating.

Citation: Hungerford, Roger D., Harrington, Michael G., Frandsen, William H., Ryan, Kevin C. and Niehoff, Gerald J. 1991. Influence of fire on factors that affect site productivity. In: Harvey, Alan E.; Neuenschwander, Leon F., comps. Management and productivity of western-montane forest soils, proceedings. 1990 April 10-12; Missoula, MT; Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-280. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. p. 32-50.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Soils, Fire History, Fire Regime
Ecosystem(s): Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 12002
FRAMES RCS number: 15250
Record updated: May 10, 2018