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Fire in California's Ecosystems$
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Neil Sugihara

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246058

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246058.001.0001

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Southern Cascades Bioregion

Southern Cascades Bioregion

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(p.195) chapter 10 Southern Cascades Bioregion
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Fire in California's Ecosystems
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Carl N. Skinner

Alan H. Taylor

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0010

This chapter discusses the tall volcanoes and extensive lava flows that characterize the Southern Cascades bioregion. There are generally two periods with distinctly different fire regimes in the Cascades. Firstly there was a Native American period, before 1905, when fires were generally frequent. The Native American period was followed by the fire-suppression period ensuing with the establishment of the national forest reserves in 1905 when fire occurrence decreased dramatically. The fire responses of important species and fire regime-plant community interactions in the southwestern foothills, northwestern foothills, mid-montane westside, mid-montane eastside, upper montane, and subalpine are reviewed. There is some discussion about the need to reduce fire hazard by manipulating fuels and stand structure either mechanically or with the use of prescribed fire. However, accomplishing fire hazard reduction is often problematic due to competing social/political objectives for Cascade forests.

Keywords:   Southern Cascades bioregion, fire, Cascade forests, plant community, fuels, tall volcanoes, lava flows

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