Great Basin Naturalist


A fire history of the Pausaugunt Plateau in southern Utah was developed using dendrochronological methods. Fire frequencies of individual ponderosa pine trees from three sites on the plateau varied from 19.5 to 47 years. Composite fire intervals for the three sites ranged from 15.2 to 18.4 years. The last recorded fires in these study areas occurred in 1892, 1902, and 1911, corresponding to the initiation of fire suppression policies in the West. The absence of fire since 1911 may be contributing to a recently documented decrease in ponderosa pine regeneration within the high-elevation, mixed-coniferous forests of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.