A fire history conducted in the mixed conifer community types of Bryce Canyon National Park found the mean fire-return interval has lengthened from 7.5 to 45 years since 1900. Dendroecology, species, diameter, and age-class analysis showed a change in stand composition in favor of white fir (Abies concolor) and Douglas-fir (Psuedotsuga menziesii) and a 200% increase in fuel accumulation. Recommendations for prescribed burning and mechanical reduction of fuels were incorporated into the Bryce Canyon management plan.


Environmental Sciences



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