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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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Fire and Invasive Plant Species

Fire and Invasive Plant Species

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(p.499) chapter 22 Fire and Invasive Plant Species
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Fire in California's Ecosystems
Author(s):

Robert C. Klinger

Matthew L. Brooks

John M. Randall

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0022

This chapter explores the relationship between fire and invasive species in California from three different perspectives: the general interrelationships between fire and invasive plants, specific examples from within or near California, and the use of fire as a management tool to control non-native species. It also describes what an invasive species is and determines the species that are thought or known to present the greatest threats to conservation in California. A particularly important aspect in using fire to manage invasive species is that environmental variability and factors interacting with fire can have more important effects on both non-native and native species than fire alone. Management programs and ecological studies must accept that those invasive species now established as a dominant component of an ecosystem will be difficult to control, or even less likely, to eradicate.

Keywords:   fire, invasive plants, California, management programs, ecological studies, ecosystem

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