Managing for old growth in frequent-fire landscapes

Carl E. Fiedler, Peter Friederici, Mark Petruncio, Charles Denton, W. David Hacker

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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing frequent-fire, old-growth forests. However, there are general guidelines to follow: 1) set objectives for both structure (tree density, diameter distribution, tree species composition, spatial arrangement, amount of coarse woody debris) and function (nutrient cycling, desired tree, species regeneration); 2) prioritize treatments according to ecological, economic, and social needs and risks; 3) identify the potential treatments (natural fire, prescribed fire, silvicultural cutting) that best meet the objectives and scale of the project; and 4) implement the treatment (s). We discuss each of these guidelines in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20
JournalEcology and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Fire
  • Forest management
  • Function
  • Silvicultural treatments
  • Structure
  • Thinning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology


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