An evaluation of fire regime reconstruction methods. Working Papers in Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forest Restoration #32

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Northern Arizona University


Southwest Fire Science Consortium and Ecological Restoration Institute

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Fire is a fundamental disturbance process in ecology and has been a powerful agent of change in terrestrial ecosystems for millions of years. Understanding the role of fire on a landscape is critical for managing fire and forests for biodiversity, ecosystem function, and resilience to changes in climate. To better understand the role fire can play in forests today, researchers and managers have found it useful to reconstruct attributes of historical fire regimes before the onset of fire exclusion. Fire exclusion in the southwestern United States often occurred in the late 1800s, when activities such as grazing of domestic animals, logging, and fire suppression began on a widespread scale.

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