Chapter

. Central Coast Bioregion

Frank W. Davis and Mark I. Borchert

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/9780520246058.003.0014
. Central Coast Bioregion

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This chapter describes the Central Coast bioregion, which include coastal valleys and mountains and interior mountains. Major ecological zones include: coastal prairie and coastal sage scrub, coast redwood-Douglas-fir and coast redwood-mixed evergreen forests, and chaparral and oak woodland. The chapter outlines the ecology of several species and community types that, with the exception of coast live oak, are characteristic of the region but are relatively localized. In the coastal plain and foothills zone, the chapter reviews Bishop pine, Monterey pine, maritime chaparral, and coastal live oak forests and woodlands. Of the many species and community types characteristic of the lower montane zone, knobcone pine and Sargent cypress are discussed. It then evaluates the four important management issues that face fire and natural resource managers in the Central Coast bioregion, notably: climate change, fire and exotic species, the management of fire-dependent species, and fire management at the wildland-urban interface.

Keywords: Central Coast; fire management; climate change; Bishop pine; Monterey pine; maritime chaparral; coastal live oak forests; woodlands; knobcone pine; Sargent cypress

Chapter.  17032 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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