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Central Valley Bioregion

Robin Wills

in Fire in California's Ecosystems

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246058
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0013
Central Valley Bioregion

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This chapter describes the Central Valley bioregion, showing that Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers flow through broad interior valleys with extensive, nearly flat alluvial floors. The Central Valley exhibits distinct and neatly arranged ecological zones. The fire ecology of important species and fire regime-plant community interactions in foothill woodland, valley grasslands, riparian forests and freshwater marsh are also reviewed. The Central Valley is arguably the most highly altered bioregion in California. Recent efforts have shown how commonly used management practices affect grassland composition and how various environmental factors interact with these practices. Throughout much of the twentieth century, agricultural burning was a common practice in the Central Valley.

Keywords: Central Valley; fire ecology; plant community; management practices; grassland; agricultural burning

Chapter.  15666 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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