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Title: Working Paper 21: Managing Coarse Woody Debris in Fire-adapted Southwestern Forests

Author: * Brewer, D.

Subject: Fuels, Management

Abstract: Fire-adapted forested ecosystems in the Southwest evolved with a continual flux of downed woody materiala structural component that is considered essential to a properly functioning forest ecosystem. The creation and accumulation of downed woody material depends on forest type, tree species, stage of succession/decay, the amount of insect and disease activity, climate, fire return intervals, windthrow, and management activities. In general, more downed woody material accumulates in forests with long fire return intervals (subalpine, mixed conifer, pinyon-juniper woodlands) than in forests with short fire return intervals, such as ponderosa pine. While early foresters saw downed woody material as waste, a potential source of insect and disease problems or a wildfire hazard, todays foresters and researchers have identified the large-size component of downed woody material...

Date: 2008

Type: Working Papers

Source: ERI Working Papers

Identifier: 21

Publisher: NAU Ecological Restoration Institute

Format: PDF

Language: English