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dc.contributor.authorKlein, D. R.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-26T05:16:34Z
dc.date.available2020-09-26T05:16:34Z
dc.date.issued1982-05-01
dc.identifier.citationKlein, D. R. (1982). Fire, lichens, and caribou. Journal of Range Management, 35(3), 390-395.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/3898326
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/646190
dc.description.abstractContinental populations of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) usually winter in the northern taiga. Fire is a natural feature of the ecology of the taiga but its effect on the winter range of caribou has been the subject of conflicting reports in the literature. Lichens, which are an important component of the diet of caribou in winter, are associated with late successional stages in the post fire sequence; therefore their loss when old growth forests burn has been considered detrimental to caribou. On the other hand, several authors have suggested that lichens are not essential for caribou in winter and therefore their loss through forest fires does not seriously affect caribou. Recent nutritional investigations with reindeer and caribou have demonstrated the importance of lichens in their winter diet. Botanical studies have shown that fires are essential for the long-term productivity of the boreal forest and they account for much of the habitat diversity that characterizes caribou winter range. Extremely old forest stands show reduced lichen productivity. I conclude that, when viewed on a short-term basis of 50 years or less, fire may destroy lichens and other forage, thus reducing the taiga's potential to support caribou. Over long-time periods, often of a century or more, fire appears essential for maintaining ecological diversity and forage production for caribou.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectEurasia
dc.subjectNorth America
dc.subjectRangifer tarandus
dc.subjectecological diversity
dc.titleFire, Lichens, and Caribou
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Range Management
dc.description.noteThis material was digitized as part of a cooperative project between the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries.
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Journal of Range Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.source.volume35
dc.source.issue3
dc.source.beginpage390-395
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