Examining Historical And Current Mixed-Severity Fire Regimes In Ponderosa Pine And Mixed-Conifer Forests Of Western North America

Mar 11, 2014
Dennis C. Odion and others.  Feb 2014.  PLOS ONE.  Vol 9(2)e87852. View the publication.
There is increasing recognition from landscape-scale assessments that, prior to any significant effects of fire exclusion, fires and forest structure were more variable in ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer forests of western North America. Our findings suggest that ecological management goals that incorporate successional diversity created by fire may support characteristic biodiversity, whereas current attempts to “restore” forests to open, low-severity fire conditions may not align with historical reference conditions.