Category: General Publications
Title: The effects of repeated prescribed burning on pinus ponderosa growth.
Author: Peterson, D.L., Sackett, S.S. , Robinson, L.J., Haase, S.M.
Subject: Dendroecology, Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Prescribed burns
Abstract: The effect of repeated prescribed burning on long term growth of Pinus ponderosa in northern Arizona was examined. Fire treatments for hazard reduction were initiated in 1976, and growth was evaluated in 1988 for fire rotations of 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 years. Dendroecological analysis shows that there were only small changes in tree growth (compared to controls) in the first few years after the initial fire treatment despite large fuel reductions and thinning, and that annual precipitation was positively correlated with growth. Moderate changes in growth relative to that of control trees were apparent after 1984. The 1-, 2-, 8-, and 10-year treatments had lower growth than controls after this date, while 4- and 6-year treatments had slightly higher growth. Although additional data are needed to determine long term growth effects in the longer fire rotations, a fire treatment interval of 4 to 6 years appears lo provide adequate fuel reduction without reducing long term growth in Southwestern P. ponderosa forests.
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire
Publisher: CSIRO, http://www.publish.csiro.au/?nid=114