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Forest Fire Damage Studies in the Northeast - III. Relation Between Fire Injury and Fungal Infection

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Observations on burned-over areas show that in northeastern forests between 28 and 45 per cent of fire-scarred live trees become infected with fungi, causing decay of the sapwood, within three years after burning. In northeastern hardwood stands, where merchantable values are so largely confined to butt logs, the presence of decay at the base is especially serious. The rapidity with which these sapwood rots infect the damaged live trees after fire indicates the necessity for early salvage cuttings if deterioration of such trees is to be prevented.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Senior forest pathologist, Bureau of Plant Industry, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, U. S. Forest Service

Publication date: April 1, 1936

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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