Raking surface fuels can lower sugar pine mortality: Research Brief

In  a  study  of  three  prescribed  fires  in  a  mixed-­‐ conifer  forest  at  Sequoia  and  Kings  Canyon   National  Parks,  researchers  found  that  the   predicted  probability  of  sugar  pine  survival  was   60%  for  raked  trees  compared  to  7%  for  un-­‐raked   trees  when  the  total  fuel  depth  was  greater  than   30cm. 
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Nesmith, Jonathan C.B., Kevin L. O’Hara, Phillip J. van Mantgem, and Perry de Valpine. 2010. The effects of raking on sugar pine mortality following prescribed fire in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California, USA. Fire Ecology 6(3):97-116.