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Dirac Twidwell, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Charles A. Taylor Jr and William E. Rogers Refining thresholds in coupled fire–vegetation models to improve management of encroaching woody plants in grasslands Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 12 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12063

For scientific information associated with the threshold concept to be useful to practitioners, specific information is needed that demonstrates how to use restoration activities to overcome thresholds and collapse the current, degraded state in favour of a more desired ecological state. With this in mind, we present a broadly applicable decision support model within a state and transition framework that identifies the ecological states where the surface fire intensity–mortality threshold is most likely to meet restoration objectives and provides examples of how fuel properties that drive fire intensity should be targeted in restoration to surpass this threshold.

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