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Webinar - Fire regimes of remnant pine communities in Pennsylvania

Presented by Dr. Mike Stambaugh and Joe Marschall of the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium

  • January 17th at 12PM Eastern

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Many fire-dependent ecosystems in the eastern US are converting to fire-intolerant vegetation communities due to fire-suppression practices implemented in the 20th century. Where available, fire-scarred trees offer valuable information on historical fire regimes which can provide a scientific foundation for natural community restoration activities. In this study, we discuss 300-400 years of fire frequency, severity, and seasonality based on data from 8 sites across the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. Fire regimes are reported in context of human settlement trends, climate records, and current management goals.

Citations:

Brose et al. 2013. The influences of drought and humans on the fire regimes of northern Pennsylvania, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 43: 757-767.
 
Brose et al. 2015. Fire history reflects human history in the Pine Creek Gorge of north-central Pennsylvania. Natural Areas Journal 35: 214-223.
 
Marschall et al. 2016. Fire regimes of remnant pitch pine communities in the Ridge and Valley Region of central Pennsylvania, USA. Forests. 7(10): 224.