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Project ID: 03-3-3-13

Year: 2003

Date Started: 08/20/2003

Date Completed: 11/17/2006

Title: Assessment of Top Down and Bottom Up Controls on Fire Regimes and Vegetation Abundance and Distribution Patterns in the Southwestern Texas Borderlands: A Hierarchical Approach

Project Proposal Abstract: Managers of National Parks and other protected areas require reference conditions on vegetation patterns that are sustainable under regional disturbance regimes. In southwestern Texas and adjacent borderlands, interactions among climate, fire, and vegetation composition and structure must be understood in order to assist management decisions about the use of fire to maintain or restore sustainable vegetation patterns. We propose to investigate top down (climate) and bottom up (species composition, topography, environment, and human activity) controls on fire regimes in Big Bend National Park, the Davis Mountains, and the Maderas del Carmens Protected Area. Local-, landscape-, and regional-scale fire and vegetation dynamics will be derived from data on historical climates, fire regimes, forest structure, and species composition. This information will be used to implement fire and vegetation management practices and to predict effects of recent changes in climate and fire on ecosystem structure and function.

Principal Investigator: Ann E. Camp

Agency/Organization: Yale University

Branch or Dept: Forestry & Environmental Studies

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Co-Principal Investigator

Helen Mills

Yale University

Forestry & Environmental Studies

Federal Cooperator

Richard G. Gatewood

NPS-National Park Service

Big Bend National Park

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   3205 Journal Article Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society
view or print   2964 Journal Article Canadian Journal of Forest Research
view or print   2943 Journal Article Vegetation-Environment Relations of the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas
view or print   2944 Journal Article Forest Ecology and Management
view or print   2840 Journal Article American Journal of Botany

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