Ecology And Society
Forest Management | Forest Sciences | Life Sciences
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing frequent-fire, old-growth forests. However, there are general guidelines to follow: 1) set objectives for both structure (tree density, diameter distribution, tree species composition, spatial arrangement, amount of coarse woody debris) and function (nutrient cycling, desired tree species regeneration); 2) prioritize treatments according to ecological, economic, and social needs and risks; 3) identify the potential treatments (natural fire, prescribed fire, silvicultural cutting) that best meet the objectives and scale of the project; and 4) implement the treatment (s). We discuss each of these guidelines in this article.
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Fiedler, Carl E.; Friederici, Peter; Petruncio, Mark; Denton, Charles; and Hacker, W. David, "Managing for Old Growth in Frequent-Fire Landscapes" (2007). Forest Management Faculty Publications. 11.