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Fire and Invasive Plant Species

Robert C. Klinger, Matthew L. Brooks and John M. Randall

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/9780520246058.003.0022
Fire and Invasive Plant Species

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This chapter explores the relationship between fire and invasive species in California from three different perspectives: the general interrelationships between fire and invasive plants, specific examples from within or near California, and the use of fire as a management tool to control non-native species. It also describes what an invasive species is and determines the species that are thought or known to present the greatest threats to conservation in California. A particularly important aspect in using fire to manage invasive species is that environmental variability and factors interacting with fire can have more important effects on both non-native and native species than fire alone. Management programs and ecological studies must accept that those invasive species now established as a dominant component of an ecosystem will be difficult to control, or even less likely, to eradicate.

Keywords: fire; invasive plants; California; management programs; ecological studies; ecosystem

Chapter.  15438 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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