Effects of prescribed fire on snags and cavity-nesting birds in southeastern Arizona pine forests

S. P. Horton, R. W. Mannan

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Abstract

A single application of moderately intense surface fire in 3 pine stands burned nearly half of all ponderosa pine Pinus ponderosa snags >15 cm dbh. Snags most susceptible to burning were those with large amounts of loose, relatively undecayed woody debris at their bases. Short-term impacts of the fires on cavity-nesting birds were minimal, despite a 33% decrease in the density of snags preferred for nesting. Only northern flicker Colaptes auratus and violet-green swallow Tachycineta thalassina declined in abundance as a consequence of the fires. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalWildlife Society Bulletin
Volume16
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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