Prescribed fire in oak savanna: fire frequency effects on stand structure and dynamics

  • Published source details Peterson D.W. & Reich P.B. (2001) Prescribed fire in oak savanna: fire frequency effects on stand structure and dynamics. Ecological Applications, 11, 914-927.


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Use prescribed fire: effects on mature trees

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  1. Use prescribed fire: effects on mature trees

    A replicated, controlled study in 1984-1995 in temperate broadleaf woodland in Minnesota, USA (Peterson & Reich 2001) found that prescribed fires increased mortality of northern pin oak Quercus ellipsoidalis but not of bur oak Q. macrocarpa. Mortality of northern pin oak was higher in burned (50%, 560 trees) than unburned plots (27%, 293 trees), while mortality rate of bur oak was similar in burned (8%, 120 trees) and unburned plots (17%, 40 trees). Data were collected in 1995 in 11 burned (4-26 prescribed fires, 1984-1995) and eight unburned plots (0.38 ha).


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