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"Fire As A Restoration Tool: A Decision Framework For Predicting The Control Or Enhancement Of Plants Using Fire "

May 3, 2010
David A. Pyke, Matthew L. Brooks, and Carla D'Antonio
Wildfires change plant communities by reducing dominance of some species while enhancing the abundance of others. Detailed habitat-specific models have been developed to predict plant responses to fire, but these models generally ignore the breadth of fire regime characteristics that can influence plant survival such as the degree and duration of exposure to lethal temperatures. We provide a decision framework that integrates fire regime components, plant growth form, and survival attributes to predict how plants will respond to fires and how fires can be prescribed to enhance the likelihood of obtaining desired plant responses.

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