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Fire and Dwarf Mistletoes in North American Coniferous Forests

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Wildfires play a multiple role in the distribution of dwarf mistletoes. They may either inhibit or encourage these parasites, depending primarily on the size and intensity of the burn. Fire exclusion policies of the past half century have increased both infection levels and fire hazard. Prescribed burning seems applicable in some forest types and stand conditions to remove infected residuals in cutover areas or to eliminate heavily infested unmerchantable stands.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, with central headquarters at Fort Collins in cooperation with Colorado State University

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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