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Chamise Chaparral Dead Fuel Fraction Is Not Reliably Predicted by Age

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Fire managers of southern California chaparral often assume that the amount of dead material in chaparral shrubs is closely related to canopy age. Analysis of chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), sampled from southern California shrublands, indicates that the ratio of dead to live components is not related reliably to age of shrub canopy. Further statistical description of the data indicates that fractions of dead material greater than 0.40 are rare. The results provide grounds for seriously questioning current assumptions about the strong relationship between age and fraction dead in southern California chaparral fuels. West J. Appl. For. 5(4):00-00, October 1990.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Macon, GA 31020

Publication date: October 1, 1990

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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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