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After the FiresThe Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park$
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Linda L. Wallace

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100488

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100488.001.0001

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Snags and Coarse Woody Debris: An Important Legacy of Forests in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Snags and Coarse Woody Debris: An Important Legacy of Forests in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

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(p.279) Chapter 12 Snags and Coarse Woody Debris: An Important Legacy of Forests in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
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After the Fires
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Daniel B. Tinker

Dennis H. Knight

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100488.003.0012

This chapter describes the snags and coarse woody debris (CWD) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Severe forest fires, such as those that occurred in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of 1988, create ephemeral forests of dead trees. For many people the trees are both an eyesore and a waste of salvageable wood. Harvesting the wood of burned trees is an option in many areas, but ecological processes in national parks are allowed to proceed whenever possible with minimal human intervention. The standing dead trees, commonly known as snags, have been falling to the ground and decomposing for millennia in most forest ecosystems. The approach to estimating the conversion of downed CWD to charcoal is based on the volume of a tapered cylinder.

Keywords:   Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, coarse woody debris, snags, ecological processes charcoal, charcoal

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