Canadian Forest Service Publications
Stand breakdown and surface fuel accumulation due to spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) defoliation in the boreal mixedwood forest of central Canada 2020. Watt, G.A.; Stocks, B.J.; Fleming, R.A.; Smith, S.M. Canadian Journal of Forest Research: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2019-0076.
Available from: Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 40111
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Plain Language Summary
Spruce budworm defoliation has been shown to increase the likelihood of large forest fires in central Canada. However, the time frame of heightened risk based on the duration of spruce budworm defoliation has not yet been quantified. In this article, we document the extent of stand breakdown and surface fuel accumulation after a period of spruce budworm defoliation that occurred between 1972 and 1976. Data on stand characteristics were derived from previous studies at three different locations in the boreal mixedwood forests of central Canada.