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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.
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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, [email protected] 2: Associate Professor College of Ecosystem Science and Management, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

Publication date: 01 October 2003

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