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Using History to Plan the Future of Old-Growth Ponderosa Pine

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Historical forest records, combined with the Forest Vegetation Simulator and a geographic information system for a land planning area on the Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona, can suggest management approaches to restoring old-growth forest structures. Our analysis indicated that although more than 50 percent of ponderosa pine stands in the planning area are at or near an old-growth stage, they are at historically high tree densities. Stand-replacing wildfires have recently burned some old-growth stands. Silvicultural methods to restore desired old-growth structure and reduce fire danger can be evaluated with easy-to-use forest simulation models and validated with available historical and ground truth data.

Keywords: GIS; environmental management; fire; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; silviculture

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: PhD Student College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 83844, 2: Associate Professor College of Ecosystem Science and Management, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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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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