Fire in the urban forest: Long-term effects in old growth stands

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Abstract

In the old growth forests of New York City parks, fires contributed to black cherry (Prunus serotina Ehrh.), sassafras (Sassafras albidum Nutt.), and oaks (Quercus spp.L.) having large increases in tree density over the past half-century and attaining dominance among saplings and seedlings. An old growth urban forest in Cleveland, which showed no evidence of fire, had little change in tree density since 1935. Urban forest management practice would benefit from including fire related activities such as planting fire tolerant species in locations that direct travel within the urban forests and increasing public interest in protecting the forests from fire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-320
Number of pages14
JournalArboricultural Journal
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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