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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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. Klamath Mountains Bioregion

. Klamath Mountains Bioregion

(p.170) chapter 9. Klamath Mountains Bioregion
Fire in California's Ecosystems

Carl N. Skinner

Alan H. Taylor

James K. Agee

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the Klamath Mountains bioregion, a complex group of mountain ranges and a diverse flora. It also describes three general zones: a diverse lower montane zone of mixed conifer and hardwood forests, woodlands, and shrublands; a mid-upper montane zone where white fir is abundant and hardwoods are less important; and a subalpine zone where white fir, Douglas-fir, sugar pine, and ponderosa pine drop out and are replaced by upper montane and subalpine species, such as Shasta red fir, mountain hemlock, western white pine, Jeffrey pine, whitebark pine, lodgepole pine, foxtail pine, and curl-leaf mountain-mahogany. In addition, the fire responses of important species and fire regime-plant community interactions in the lower montane, the mid- to upper montane and the subalpine ecological zone of the Klamath Mountains are elaborated upon separately. Fire suppression has been the most pervasive of all management activities since it alone has been ubiquitously applied.

Keywords:   Klamath Mountains, lower montane zone, mid-upper montane zone, subalpine zone, fire, white fir, Douglas-fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine

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