Canadian Forest Service Publications

Fire and dwarf mistletoe in North American coniferous forests. 1976. Alexander, M. E.; Hawksworth, F. G. Journal of Forestry 74:446-449.

Year: 1978

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 33127

Language: English

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Abstract

Wildfires play an multiple role in the distribution of dwarf mistletoes. They may either inhibit or encourage these parasite, depending primarily on the size and intensity of the burn. Fire exclusion policies ofthe past half century have increased both infection levels and fire hazard. prescribed burning seems applicable in some forest types and stand conditions to remove infected residuals in cutover ares or to eleminate heavily infested unmerchantable stands.