Impacts of treatments on forest structure and fire behavior in dry western forests
Forest managers are increasingly using mechanical treatments in dry forests of the western US in order to produce stands with spatially complex structure while also reducing crown fire potential. However, there has been a lack of evaluation of these treatments on spatial patterns in dry forest types of the western US. In addition, the implications of heterogeneous fuels complexes on fire behavior are not well understood due to a lack of experimental data and the use of semi empirical models which cannot account for the structural complexity of fuel beds. The lack of well quantified studies on ...
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