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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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Central Valley Bioregion

Central Valley Bioregion

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(p.295) chapter 13 Central Valley Bioregion
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Fire in California's Ecosystems
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Robin Wills

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0013

This chapter describes the Central Valley bioregion, showing that Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers flow through broad interior valleys with extensive, nearly flat alluvial floors. The Central Valley exhibits distinct and neatly arranged ecological zones. The fire ecology of important species and fire regime-plant community interactions in foothill woodland, valley grasslands, riparian forests and freshwater marsh are also reviewed. The Central Valley is arguably the most highly altered bioregion in California. Recent efforts have shown how commonly used management practices affect grassland composition and how various environmental factors interact with these practices. Throughout much of the twentieth century, agricultural burning was a common practice in the Central Valley.

Keywords:   Central Valley, fire ecology, plant community, management practices, grassland, agricultural burning

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