Fire Regimes, Stand Structure, and Fuel Loads in Current and Reconstructed Riparian and Upland Forests

Presenter:  Kip van de Water, USDA Forest Service, Fire Ecologist, Plumas National Forest 

Description:  Fire history, stand structure, and fuel loads in adjacent riparian and upland forests were measured in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades. Historic stand structure and fuel loads were then reconstructed using fire history and current stand data. Current and reconstructed riparian and upland forests were compared to determine if current conditions differ from historical conditions, and whether differential change has occurred in riparian vs. upland stands.      

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