Fuel management considerations in Caribbean pine forests of the mountain pine ridge of Belize, Central America

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Fuel management considerations in Caribbean pine forests of the mountain pine ridge of Belize, Central America

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dc.contributor.advisor Muzika, Rose-Marie, 1958- en_US
dc.contributor.author Colatskie, Ron en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Maya Mountains (Belize and Guatemala)
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-20T13:56:24Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-20T13:56:24Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2011 Spring en_US
dc.identifier.other ColatskieR-050511-T5049 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/11162
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 26, 2011). en_US
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Rose-Marie Muzika. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2011. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Forestry. en_US
dc.description.abstract Situated within the Maya Mountains of Central America, the Mountain Pine Ridge (MPR) ecosystem encompasses approximately 76,000ha (107,000 acres) within the country of Belize. Dominated by Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea), the MPR is a fire-dependent ecosystem that is currently in transition following a devastating 2001 outbreak of the Southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis). The beetle outbreak was preceded by an era of fire suppression which recruited dense stands of pine with a hardwood understory. Currently the ecosystem is a patchwork of varying forest conditions from open savanna to stands of pine exceeding 7,000 trees per acre (2832 trees per hectare). Threatening the pine regeneration is the buildup of fuels such as dense thickets of tiger fern (Dicranopteris pectinata), which can carry intense fires. In early 2010, thirty nine plots were established within the eastern portion of the MPR to determine the variation in abundance and height of a variety of fuels including major physiognomic plant groups, coarse woody debris, bare mineral soil, and percent cover of litter within designated units of varying times since fire. The fire return interval units were grouped into three separate fire intervals including recent (1-3 years since fire), midrange (4-10 years) and extended (11+ years). Plant physiognomic groups were also evaluated in plots of varying stand densities and canopy coverage. As expected, hardwoods, shrubs, and litter significantly increase in abundance in extended fire intervals. As expected grasses showed a negative correlation with canopy coverage while tiger fern showed a positive correlation. With respect to tiger fern abundance, GIS analysis was conducted to determine if aspect had an effect, however no significant differences were found. en_US
dc.format.extent viii, 81 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fuel -- Management en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pinus caribaea en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pinus caribaea -- Diseases and pests en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forest fires en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Southern pine beetle en_US
dc.title Fuel management considerations in Caribbean pine forests of the mountain pine ridge of Belize, Central America en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Forestry en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.S. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2011Theses
dc.relation.ispartofcollection 2011 Freely available theses (MU)


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