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Living artifacts: the ancient ponderosa pines of the West

Author(s): Stephen F. Arno, Lars Ostlund, Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2008

Until late in the nineteenth century, magnificent ponderosa pine forests blanketed much of the inland West. They covered perhaps 30 million acres, an area the size of New York state, spreading across the mountains of New Mexico, Arizona, and California and flourishing throughout the eastern Cascades, the intermountain Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountains northward as far as British Columbia. This magazine article discusses the ecology of the ponderosa pine forests of the west, their significance to the Native Americans who used the trees for shelter, building material, firewood, and food, and the importance of fire to maintain these historically open forests.

Citation: Arno, Stephen F.; Ostlund, Lars; Keane, Robert E. 2008. Living artifacts: the ancient ponderosa pines of the west. Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Spring 2008: 55-62.
Topic(s): Fire History, Frequency, Fire & Traditional Knowledge, Management Approaches, Recovery after fire, Fire Regime, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity
Ecosystem(s): Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 8160
FRAMES RCS number: 7217
Record updated: May 24, 2018