University of California

Litter production by bigtrees and associated species


H. H. Biswell
R. P. Gibbens
Hayle Buchanan

Authors Affiliations

Harold Biswell is Professor of Forestry, U. C. Berkeley; R. P. Gibbens is Senior Laboratory Technician, U. C. Berkeley; Hayle Buchanan was College Teacher participant under a National Science Foundation Grant. Dick Benner, Whitaker's Forest, assisted in collecting the litter samples.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 20(9):5-7. DOI:10.3733/ca.v020n09p5. September 1966.

PDF of full article, Cite this article


These studies show that the distribution and amount of litterfall under bigtree and pine canopies is such that bared areas will be well covered within a year's time. On the basis of amount of litter produced and ground covering potential, the pines are more desirable associates for bigtrees than are white fir or incense-cedar. Also, pine needles provide excellent fire-carrying fuels where prescribed burning is used to maintain low fire hazard conditions.

Biswell H, Gibbens R, Buchanan H. 1966. Litter production by bigtrees and associated species. Hilgardia 20(9):5-7. DOI:10.3733/ca.v020n09p5
Webmaster Email: wsuckow@ucanr.edu