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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 Coast Bioregion

. Central Coast Bioregion

(p.321) chapter 14. Central Coast Bioregion
Fire in California's Ecosystems

Frank W. Davis

Mark I. Borchert

University of California Press

This chapter describes the Central Coast bioregion, which include coastal valleys and mountains and interior mountains. Major ecological zones include: coastal prairie and coastal sage scrub, coast redwood-Douglas-fir and coast redwood-mixed evergreen forests, and chaparral and oak woodland. The chapter outlines the ecology of several species and community types that, with the exception of coast live oak, are characteristic of the region but are relatively localized. In the coastal plain and foothills zone, the chapter reviews Bishop pine, Monterey pine, maritime chaparral, and coastal live oak forests and woodlands. Of the many species and community types characteristic of the lower montane zone, knobcone pine and Sargent cypress are discussed. It then evaluates the four important management issues that face fire and natural resource managers in the Central Coast bioregion, notably: climate change, fire and exotic species, the management of fire-dependent species, and fire management at the wildland-urban interface.

Keywords:   Central Coast, fire management, climate change, Bishop pine, Monterey pine, maritime chaparral, coastal live oak forests, woodlands, knobcone pine, Sargent cypress

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