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Fuel Hazard from Breakup of Dead Hardwoods In Missouri

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The manner and rate of breakup of standing herbicide-killed hardwood trees were studied on three areas in Dent and Phelps Counties in southeastern Missouri. Two years following treatment, a noticeable amount of small branchwood (½-inch and smaller in diameter) was falling. By the 7th year, almost all branch wood and small saplings and most small pole-sized trees were down. Some large poles (7 to 10 inches d.b.h.) were standing as snags after 10 years, and it is probable that some saw-timber-sized trees will be standing as snags after 15 years. Bark was loosening and beginning to fall from the oaks by the 3rd year, with more than half the bark gone from most of the standing oak holes by the 10th year. Curves show how the contribution of herbicide-killed trees to the fuel hazard varies with time and tree size to aid in fuel hazard estimates.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Fire Control Scientist, Forest Serv., U. S. Dep. Agr. North Centr. Forest Exp. Sta., Columbia, Mo. (in cooperation with the Univ. Mo. Agr. Exp. Sta.)

Publication date: 1970-08-01

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