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A Comparison of Fire Severity Effects on Post Fire Vegetation Recovery Nine Years Following the Rodeo-Chediski Fire: A Long Term Monitoring Study


Abstract Two nearly homogenous 60 acre watersheds near Heber, Arizona, within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, were burned at moderate and high severities during the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski wildfire. Each watershed had 30 permanent plots located on it from earlier studies. In 2011, nearly 10 years following the fire, the plots were re-measured to determine how fire severity affects the long term vegetative recovery of this ecosystem; specifically herbaceous production and tree regeneration and density. Canopy cover, litter depth, herbaceous weight, herbaceous cover and shrub cover are vital indicators of herbaceous production, and were found to be significantly different between the sites. Canopy cover and litter depth were found to be significant... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Neeley, Heidi L. (Author) / Alford, Eddie (Advisor) / Pyne, Stephen (Committee member) / Brady, Ward (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / fire / fire effects / fire recovery / fire severity / post fire recovery / post fire vegetation recovery
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 73 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Applied Biological Sciences 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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