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dc.contributor.advisorMuzika, Rose-Marie, 1958-en_US
dc.contributor.authorColatskie, Ronen_US
dc.coverage.spatialMaya Mountains (Belize and Guatemala)
dc.date.issued2011eng
dc.date.submitted2011 Springen_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 26, 2011).en_US
dc.descriptionThe 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.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Rose-Marie Muzika.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2011.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Forestry.en_US
dc.description.abstractSituated 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.extentviii, 81 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.otherColatskieR-050511-T5049en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/11162
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofcollection2011 Freely available theses (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2011Theses
dc.subject.lcshFuel -- Managementen_US
dc.subject.lcshPinus caribaeaen_US
dc.subject.lcshPinus caribaea -- Diseases and pestsen_US
dc.subject.lcshForest firesen_US
dc.subject.lcshSouthern pine beetleen_US
dc.titleFuel management considerations in Caribbean pine forests of the mountain pine ridge of Belize, Central Americaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US


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