Managing for Old Growth in Frequent-fire Landscapes

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Category: Sociopolitical Research

Title: Managing for Old Growth in Frequent-fire Landscapes

Author: Fiedler, C.E., * Friederici, P.G. , Petruncio, M., * Denton, C.W., Hacker, W.D.

Subject: Fire ecology, Management, Silviculture, Thinning

Abstract: There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing frequent-fire, old-growth forests. However, there are general guidelines to follow: 1) set objectives for both structure (tree density, diameter distribution, tree species composition, spatial arrangement, amount of coarse woody debris) and function (nutrient cycling, desired tree species regeneration); 2) prioritize treatments according to ecological, economic, and social needs and risks; 3) identify the potential treatments (natural fire, prescribed fire, silvicultural cutting) that best meet the objectives and scale of the project; and 4) implement the treatment(s). We discuss each of these guidelines in this article.

Date: 2007

Type: Journal

Source: Ecology and Society

Identifier: 12(2): 20. [online] URL:

Publisher: The Resilience Alliance

Format: PDF

Language: English