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1 January 2017 Dendrochronological Field Methods for Fire History in Pine Ecosystems of the Southeastern Coastal Plain
Jean M. Huffman, Monica T. Rother
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Few tree-ring based fire-history studies have been completed in pine ecosystems of the Southeastern Coastal Plain, in part because of difficulties in finding old fire-scarred material. We propose specialized field methods that improve the likelihood of locating fire scars in dead trees (i.e. stumps, snags, and logs). Classic fire-history field methods developed in the southwestern United States involve targeting only trees with evidence of repeated external scarring, but we have found this approach to be less effective in our region given that trees without any external scarring may contain an abundance of buried scars. The buried scars occur primarily near the ground surface and can be sampled by collecting full cross-sections from the bases of old dead trees. We hope our insights foster further fire-history research in the Southeastern Coastal Plain.

Copyright © 2017 by The Tree-Ring Society
Jean M. Huffman and Monica T. Rother "Dendrochronological Field Methods for Fire History in Pine Ecosystems of the Southeastern Coastal Plain," Tree-Ring Research 73(1), 42-46, (1 January 2017).
Received: 10 February 2016; Accepted: 1 November 2016; Published: 1 January 2017

field methods
fire history
fire scars
longleaf pine
Pinus palustris
Southeastern Coastal Plain
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