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Change Is the Only Constant

James K. Agee

in Steward's Fork

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251250
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251250.003.0007
Change Is the Only Constant

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This chapter discusses the occurrence of natural disturbances and their significant effects on the forests. It focuses on two disturbances that are the most important and widespread occurrences in the Klamaths: fire and water. The chapter first discusses the fire histories of the Klamath Mountains and interactions of various species and their adaptations to fire. It examines the effects of twentieth-century fire exclusion, the loss of fire-tolerant trees due to selective harvest, and plantation forestry. The chapter then discusses the negative and positive effects of floods on forests. It also describes other disturbances such as insects, pathogens, strong winds, drought, snow avalanches, and earthquakes.

Keywords: natural disturbances; fire; water; Klamath Mountains; floods; insects; pathogens; winds; drought; snow avalanches

Chapter.  13805 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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