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Synthesis of knowledge on the effects of fire and thinning treatments on understory vegetation in U.S. dry forests

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dc.creator Oregon State University. Agricultural Experiment Station
dc.creator Bartuszevige, Anne M.
dc.creator Kennedy, Patricia L.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-14T22:42:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-14T22:42:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/12638
dc.description Published September 2009. Reviewed December 2013. Facts and recommendations in this publication may no longer be valid. Please look for up-to-date information in the OSU Extension Catalog: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog en
dc.description.abstract "... One goal of this document is to synthesize the literature on the effects of mechanical thinning on understory plant species. A second goal is to document the effect of prescribed burning on rare, threatened, or endangered species. We review current literature on studies that address effects of prescribed fire and thinning treatments on understory vegetation ... The results of this synthesis illustrate several important lessons. First, current forest structure is the result of decades of fire-suppression activities, and so restoration will require multiple treatments to bring forests to within the range of historic variation. Second, while the treatments discussed in this document generally increased native plant responses, the same treatments also increased exotic plant response. Therefore, to avoid spread of exotic plant species, it is important to consider the context of the treatment area, (e.g., nearby roads, wildland urban interface, previous exotic plant invasions) before applying the treatments. Third, applying thinning and prescribed burning treatments in a mosaic pattern of treatment time and type across the landscape will help to maintain a diversity of vegetation (e.g., early-, mid-, and late-successional species across the landscape)."--Summary. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher [Corvallis, Or.] : Oregon State University, Agricultural Experiment Station en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Special report (Oregon State University. Agricultural Experiment Station) en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 1095 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries SR en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 1095 en
dc.subject Thematic Classification::Habitats and Vegetation en
dc.subject Thematic Classification::Land and People::Forests and Forestry en
dc.subject.lcsh Understory plants -- Effect of fires on -- United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Rare plants -- Effect of fires on -- United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Forest thinning -- United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Logging -- Environmental aspects -- United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Prescribed burning -- United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Forest management -- United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Fire ecology -- United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Arid regions forestry -- United States en
dc.subject.other forest fires en
dc.subject.other thinning treatments en
dc.title Synthesis of knowledge on the effects of fire and thinning treatments on understory vegetation in U.S. dry forests en
dc.type Technical Report en
dc.description.peerreview yes en

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