Fire, Spatial Structure, and Heterogeneity in Sierra Nevada Forests: Research Brief

A 2013 study by Kane and others demonstrates that structural variation is significantly enhanced in the fire-frequent Sierra Nevada forests with the use of predominantly low- to moderate-severity fires. 
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Kane, Van R.,  Malcolm P. North, James A. Lutz, Derek J. Churchill, Susan L. Roberts, Douglas F. Smith, Robert J. McGaughey, Jonathan T. Kane, and Matthew L. Brooks. 2013. Assessing fire effects on forest spatial structure using a fusion of Landsat and airborne LiDAR data in Yosemite National Park. Remote Sensing of Environment 151: 89–10.