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Steward's ForkA Sustainable Future for the Klamath Mountains$
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James Agee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251250

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251250.001.0001

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Change Is the Only Constant

Change Is the Only Constant

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(p.71) Chapter 7 Change Is the Only Constant
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Steward's Fork
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James K. Agee

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251250.003.0007

This chapter discusses the occurrence of natural disturbances and their significant effects on the forests. It focuses on two disturbances that are the most important and widespread occurrences in the Klamaths: fire and water. The chapter first discusses the fire histories of the Klamath Mountains and interactions of various species and their adaptations to fire. It examines the effects of twentieth-century fire exclusion, the loss of fire-tolerant trees due to selective harvest, and plantation forestry. The chapter then discusses the negative and positive effects of floods on forests. It also describes other disturbances such as insects, pathogens, strong winds, drought, snow avalanches, and earthquakes.

Keywords:   natural disturbances, fire, water, Klamath Mountains, floods, insects, pathogens, winds, drought, snow avalanches

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