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Bristlecone Fire History and Stand Dynamics at Mount Washington, Nevada.
Presented by Mackenzie KILPATRICK on 15 May 2013 from 18:00 to 21:00
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster Session + Reception
Board #: 16
This poster shows the study design and preliminary results of a fire history and stand dynamics study in a Great Basin bristlecone pine forest at Mount Washington, Nevada. This forest has experienced a recent high severity fire enables us to directly examine fire effects in bristlecone pine. The research plan includes mapping fire boundaries via ground mapping and remote sensing, measuring vegetation at randomly located plots, extracting increment cores from trees at the plots, and sampling fire scars from bristlecone pine. Preliminary results include the completion of fire boundary mapping, locating 40 bristlecone pine containing fire scars, and the completion of vegetation measurements at twenty vegetation plots which has shown regeneration in areas affected by the high severity fire. The preliminary results indicate that it may be possible to conduct a fire history study in bristlecone pine and that severe fires could potentially facilitate regeneration.