Fire-induced erosion and millennial-scale climate change in northern ponderosa pine forests

  title={Fire-induced erosion and millennial-scale climate change in northern ponderosa pine forests},
  author={Jennifer L. Pierce and G. Meyer and A. J. Timothy Jull},
Western US ponderosa pine forests have recently suffered extensive stand-replacing fires followed by hillslope erosion and sedimentation. These fires are usually attributed to increased stand density as a result of fire suppression, grazing and other land use, and are often considered uncharacteristic or unprecedented. Tree-ring records from the past 500 years indicate that before Euro-American settlement, frequent, low-severity fires maintained open stands. However, the pre-settlement period… Expand
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