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Category: Ecological Research

Title: The Wallow Fire and its effects on mixed-conifer forest: A comparison with reference conditions. Special report to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, USDA Forest Service, Region 3.

Author: Roccaforte, J.P.

Subject: Apache-Sitgreaves, Wallow Fire, Mixed Conifer

Abstract: Portions of mixed conifer forests have undergone changes in disturbance regimes, species composition, and forest structure since European settlement and have been impacted by recent landscape-scale fires which have burned large patches with high severity. The Wallow Fire, the largest fire recorded in Arizona, burned a total of 217,741 ha (538,050 ac) in Arizona and New Mexico in the summer of 2011. The purpose of this study was to evaluate high-severity burn patch characteristics in the Wallow fire and determine if they were within the historical range of variability (HRV) for southwestern mixed conifer forests. We used a spatial pattern analysis program to evaluate patch metrics by severity for mixed conifer forests within the Wallow Fire perimeter.

Date: 2013

Type: Report

Source: Ecological Restoration Institute Special Report

Identifier: 17p.

Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute/NAU

Format: PDF

Language: English