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Scars as an Indicator of Fire Frequency in the San Bernardino Mountains, California

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Abstract:

Fire frequencies in the ponderosa and Jeffrey pine types prior to and after 1905, the year of initiation of fire control programs in the San Bernardino Mountains, California, were determined from ring counts between scars on wood sections removed firm living trees. Ponderosa pine showed a frequency of 10 years prior to 1905, when organized protection began, and 22 years thereafter. The respective figures for Jeffrey pine were 12 and 29 years. Differences in the intervals between ponderosa and Jeffrey pine may be due to climatic variation. The method used to remove the wood sections has several advantages that may favor application elsewhere.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Assistant, Department of Forestry and Conservation, University of California, Berkeley

Publication date: July 1, 1976

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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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