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Issue 102 | September 12, 2014

 

Fire-Oak of Eastern North America:
Synthesis and Guidelines

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THE FIRE-OAK SYNTHESIS PROJECT

In 2010, we issued a request for proposals to synthesize the existing fire-oak literature. The ultimate goal was to develop guidelines for using prescribed fire to restore and sustain upland oak ecosystems in eastern North America. This report is the culmination of that project and is divided in to the following chapters:

 - FIRE HISTORY OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA

 - ADAPTATIONS OF OAK TO FIRE

 - REVIEW OF FIRE EFFECTS STUDIES 

 - GUIDELINES FOR USING FIRE IN OAK ECOSYSTEMS

"Of all the plant communities that make up the eastern hardwood biome, the oak ecosystems (forests, savannas, shrublands, and woodlands) are perhaps the most important because of their vastness, diversity, and many ecological and economic values. At least 50 oak species grow east of the 100th meridian, and some type of oak community is found in every state and adjacent Canadian province."  ~  From the Introduction, Oak-Fire Synthesis

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Figure 1. Oaks occur as solitary trees (upper left), scattered individuals in other forest types (upper right), substantial portions of mixed-species stands (lower left), and as nearly pure monocultures (lower right). Photos by Patrick Brose, U.S. Forest Service

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