(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2008)

Document title

Fire history of a temperate forest with an endemic fire-dependent herb

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HOSS J.A. (1) ; LAFON C.W. (1) ; GRISSINO-MAYER H.D. (2) ; ALDRICH S.R. (1) ; DEWEESE G.G. (3) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, Texas Univ., College Station, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, ETATS-UNIS
(3) Dept. of Geosciences, Univ. of West Georgia, Carrollton, ETATS-UNIS


A dendroecological fire history was conducted for The Nature Conservancy's Narrows Preserve on Peters Mountain, Virginia, where the predominant vegetation is oak (Quercus L.)-dominated forest containing some other hardwoods and pines (Pinus L.). The site encompasses all the known habitat of the endangered and endemic Peters Mountain mallow, a perennial herb that requires fire for seed germination and habitat maintenance. However, the incidence of fire declined subsequently with the advent of effective fire protection measures. The decline in burning appears to have permitted an increase in tree density that likely inhibits the growth and recruitment of mallow plants. The AA. suggest that reintroducing frequent fire would be an appropriate technique for managing the mallows and the greater Peters Mountain landscape


Article of periodic

published at : Physical geography / ISSN 0272-3646

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1980)

Millesime : 2008, vol. 29, no5 [pp. 424-441]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 2 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20106

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