Chapter 3 - Broad-scale patterns of forest fire occurrence across the 50 United States and the Caribbean Territories, 2018

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  • Authors: Potter, Kevin M.
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Publication Series: Book Chapter
  • Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-250. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Abstract

As a pervasive disturbance agent operating at many spatial and temporal scales, wildland fire is a key abiotic factor affecting forest health both positively and negatively. In some ecosystems, for example, wildland fires have been essential for regulating processes that maintain forest health (Lundquist and others 2011). Wildland fire is an important ecological mechanism that shapes the distributions of species, maintains the structure and function of fire-prone communities, and acts as a significant evolutionary force (Bond and Keeley 2005). At the same time, wildland fires have created forest health (i.e., sustainability) problems in some ecosystems (Edmonds and others 2011).

  • Citation: Potter, Kevin M. 2020. Chapter 3 - Broad-scale patterns of forest fire occurrence across the 50 United States and the Caribbean Territories, 2018. In: Potter, Kevin M.; Conkling, Barbara L., eds. Forest health monitoring: national status, trends, and analysis 2019. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-250. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 57-82.
  • Posted Date: May 11, 2020
  • Modified Date: June 25, 2020
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