Title

Wildfire Regime in the Boreal Forest and the Idea of Suppression and Fuel Buildup

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Conservation Biology

Publication Date

2001

Volume

15

Issue

6

First Page

1554

Last Page

1557

Abstract

The idea of unnatural fuel buildup due to fire suppression causing a change in fire regime has little support for closed-canopy ecosystems such as chaparral and boreal and subalpine forests. The change in fire regime observed in the ponderosa-pine ecosystem results primarily from a change in fuel structure (i.e., development of intermediate-height fuels connecting surface and crown fuels and an increase in crown-fuel continuity and density)...