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Basic principles of forest fuel reduction treatments

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dc.creator Agee, James K.
dc.creator Skinner, Carl N.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-12T21:58:58Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-12T21:58:58Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier 10.1016/j.foreco.2005.01.034 en
dc.identifier.citation Agee, J. K., & Skinner, C. N. (2005). Basic principles of forest fuel reduction treatments. Forest Ecology and Management, 211, 83-96. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/17582
dc.description.abstract Successful fire exclusion in the 20th century has created severe fire problems across the West. Not every forest is at risk of uncharacteristically severe wildfire, but drier forests are in need of active management to mitigate fire hazard. We summarize a set of simple principles important to address in fuel reduction treatments: reduction of surface fuels, increasing the height to live crown, decreasing crown density, and retaining large trees of fire-resistant species. Thinning and prescribed fire can be useful tools to achieve these objectives. Low thinning will be more effective than crown or selection thinning, and management of surface fuels will increase the likelihood that the stand will survive a wildfire. Five empirical examples of such treatment are discussed: Hayfork fires, California, 1987; Tyee fire,Washington, 1994; Megram fire, California, 1999; Hayman fire, Colorado, 2002; and the Cone fire, California, 2002. Applying treatments at an appropriate landscape scale will be critical to the success of fuel reduction treatments in reducing wildfire losses in Western forests. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier B.V. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Forest Ecology and Management en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 211 (2005) en
dc.subject.other Fire ecology en
dc.subject.other Fuel treatment en
dc.subject.other Prescribed fire en
dc.subject.other Thinning en
dc.subject.other Western United States en
dc.title Basic principles of forest fuel reduction treatments en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.peerreview yes en


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