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Table 4 Review of studies modeling the impact of fuel treatment and wildfire on long-term forest carbon

From: Variation in tree mortality and regeneration affect forest carbon recovery following fuel treatments and wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California, USA

Paper Time scale Growth Model Simulates regeneration? Regeneration rate Simulates mortality in wildfire? Modeled Mortality Rates
Diggins et al. [38] 100 years FVS Yes1 N.R. No6 N.A.
Hurteau and North [8] 100 years FVS Yes2 N.R. Yes7 ~ 7-40%11
Mitchell et al. [7] 800 or 1600 years STAND-CARB N.R.3 N.R. Yes8 ~10-33%, 45-99%, 60-99%12
Reinhardt and Holsinger [9] 100 years FVS Yes4 N.R. Yes9 ~ 14% to 97%
Sorensen et al. [16] 100 years FVS Yes5 13.934 x e(−0.022*Basal Area) Yes10 N.R.
  1. Model parameters and assumptions regarding wildfire-related mortality and post-fire regeneration in five recent studies modeling the impact of fuel treatment and wildfire on long-term forest carbon resources; N.R. = not reported.
  2. 1 Regen rate from Roccaforte et al. [49] plus 40% (as per Fulé et al. [50]), examines impact of one or two regeneration events in 100 year period.
  3. 2 Fixed annual rate adapted from Zald et al. [33] (personal communication).
  4. 3 Did not describe how STANDCARB treats regeneration.
  5. 4 Uses FVS Regeneration Establishment model defaults for ID/MT (Dixon [33]).
  6. 5Background rate as function of basal area. Rate from Bailey and Covington [51], 20 year delay after severe fire.
  7. 6 Simulates prescribed fire with FVS-FFE, not wildfire.
  8. 7Simulates wildfire with FVS-FFE, extreme fire conditions only.
  9. 8Simulates wildfire with STANDCARB, using historical fire regimes to set burn frequency and severity.
  10. 9Simulates wildfire with FVS-FFE, severe fire conditions only.
  11. 10Simulates wildfire with FVS-FFE, severe fire conditions only.
  12. 11Percent live tree C killed by wildfire.
  13. 12Ranges of rates are Expected [Severity] for Coastal range, West Cascades and East Cascades of Oregon, respectively.