Is thin and chip an ecologically viable fuels reduction option? : initial results in Black Hills ponderosa pine forests
Across the dry western forests of the United States, accumulated hazard fuels increase the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Chipping or mastication of mechanically thinned fuels is becoming a common fuels reduction technique that aims to both reduce the risk of catastrophic fire and dispose of non-merchantable thinned material. We conducted an experiment to examine the ecological effects of thinning and chipping in ponderosa pine forests at two National Park Service locations in the Black Hills, South Dakota. By using an unthinned control and a thin-only treatment to compare to thin-chip treatment ...
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