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Prescribed fire in North American forests and woodlands: history, current practice, and challenges
Whether ignited by lightning or by Native Americans, fire once shaped many North American ecosystems. Euro-American settlement and 20th-century fire suppression practices drastically altered historicExpand
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Novel fuelbed characteristics associated with mechanical mastication treatments in northern California and south-western Oregon, USA
Mechanically masticated fuelbeds are distinct from natural or logging slash fuelbeds, with different particle size distributions, bulk density, and particle shapes, leading to challenges inExpand
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Restoring Fire to Long‐Unburned Pinus palustris Ecosystems: Novel Fire Effects and Consequences for Long‐Unburned Ecosystems
Biologically rich savannas and woodlands dominated by Pinus palustris once dominated the southeastern U.S. landscape. With European settlement, fire suppression, and landscape fragmentation, thisExpand
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Behaviour and effects of prescribed fire in masticated fuelbeds
Mechanical mastication converts shrub and small tree fuels into surface fuels, and this method is being widely used as a treatment to reduce fire hazard. The compactness of these fuelbeds is thoughtExpand
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Post-fire regeneration across a fire severity gradient in the southern Cascades
Abstract Large scale, high-severity fires are increasing in the western United States. Despite this trend, there have been few studies investigating post-fire tree regeneration. We established aExpand
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The Flammability of Forest and Woodland Litter: a Synthesis
Fire behavior and effects in forests and woodlands are influenced by surface fuels and senesced leaf litter in particular. We have known that species exhibit differential flammability for some time,Expand
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California black oak responses to fire severity and native conifer encroachment in the Klamath Mountains
Abstract Fire exclusion in forests across the western United States has resulted in widespread vegetation change, often with notable increases in density and cover of fire-sensitive species. InExpand
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Understory vegetation response to mechanical mastication and other fuels treatments in a ponderosa pine forest
Questions: What influence does mechanical mastication and other fuel treatments have on: (1) canopy and forest floor response variables that influence understory plant development; (2) initialExpand
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The burning characteristics of southeastern oaks: Discriminating fire facilitators from fire impeders
Abstract In southeastern pine–oak ecosystems, ecological restoration targets oaks for removal by chemical, mechanical, burning, or combinations of treatments. Managers often pursue oak removalExpand
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Fire behavior in masticated fuels: A review
Mastication is an increasingly common fuels treatment that redistributes ‘‘ladder’’ fuels to the forest floor to reduce vertical fuel continuity, crown fire potential, and fireline intensity, butExpand
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