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Ponderosa Pine Mortality from Spring, Summer, and Fall Crown Scorching

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Mortality was compared among ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) with various degrees of crown damage sustained during fall, spring, and summer prescribed burns. After 5 years, 12% of the trees scorched in the fall had died compared to 26% scorched in the spring, and 29% scorched in the summer. Eighty-five percent of this mortality occurred in trees less than 7 in. dbh. Scorch damage of up to 90% of the crown caused minimal mortality regardless of season. West. J. Appl. For. 2:14-16, Jan. 1987.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Publication date: 1987-01-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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