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Poster: Changes in Forest Structure Following Burns

Bates, Peter
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“Changes in Forest Structure Following Dormant Season Prescribed Burns in the Southern Appalachians”

Anais Seychelles2, Craig Breedlove1, Gabriella Hovis2, Luke Mattson1, Peter Bates1
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Forest Stewards, Inc.

From the poster:

The past two decades have seen a significant increase in the use of dormant-season prescribed burning in the southern Appalachians. The primary goals for burning include fuel reduction and restoring fire-adapted plant communities that have been altered by nearly a century of fire suppression. The Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network (SBR FLN) has been monitoring prescribed fire effects since 2006. If prescribed fire is going to restore desired forest conditions, it must lead to changes in forest structure. The objectives of this study were to evaluate how prescribed burning altered forest structure in southern Appalachian forests.

Support for this project was provided by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station and the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network. In addition, we acknowledge the assistance and support of all SBR FLN partners, including the NC Wildlife Resources Commission; The Nature Conservancy; Chattahoochee, Cherokee, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests; NC State Parks and SC Dept. of Natural Resources.​