Fire Cycles and Community Dynamics in Lodgepole Pine Forests
Contribution to Book
Management of Lodgepole Pine Ecosystems : Symposium Proceedings
The influences of fire on succession, community diversity and stability, expression of serotiny, stand establishment, development of stand structure, and fuel accumulation are discussed for lodgepole pine forests. Fire, fuel accumulation, and stand development interact in a complex biological network. Mortality factors, such as mountain pine beetle, suppression mortality, and fire cause fuels to build up on the ground, creating varied fire intensity potentials. Fires initiate a chain of biological events that affects the development of lodgepole pine stands; in turn, the characteristics of stands affect their susceptibility to mortality, fuel accumulation, and fire potential.
Brown, J. (1975). Fire cycles and community dynamics in lodgepole pine forests. in: (D. Baumgartner, ed.) Management of lodgepole pine ecosystems : symposium proceedings. pp. 429-456.