Fire history in European black pine (Pinus nigra Arn.) forests of the Valia Kalda, Pindus Mountains, Greece

Ramzi Touchan, Christopher Baisan, Ioannis D. Mitsopoulos, Alexandros P. Dimitrakopoulos

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Abstract

The past fire regime of European black pine (Pinus nigra Arn.) forests in Valia Kalda in Greece was investigated by standard dendrochronology methods. The sampled trees contained a record of fires from the early 14th Century through the late 19th Century with the last fire recorded in 1891. Evidence of non-lethal surface fires over the past seven centuries suggests that in addition to its destructive power, fire also plays a role in ecological functioning of the region. This is the first fire history study in Greece and can provide a basis for development of the first fire history network in the region. It also provides insight and perspective that may be useful for planning and justifying future ecosystem management programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalTree-Ring Research
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • European black pine
  • Greece
  • Pinus nigra Arn.
  • dendrochronology
  • fire history
  • tree rings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Palaeontology

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