Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations


Natural Disturbance Bibliography for British Columbia

Author(s) or contact(s): John Parminter
Source: Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Subject: natural disturbance, biogeoclimatic zones, wildfire history
Series: Technical Report
Other details:  Published 2014. Hardcopy is available.


This bibliography consists of journal articles, reports, conference papers, and theses that address natural disturbance regimes in British Columbia. The emphasis is on wildfire, but wind, insects, and diseases are also included to some extent. Many entries describe general disturbance history, landscape characteristics, and/or vegetation succession. Others are more detailed and provide disturbance dates or frequencies—especially for wildfire. Paleoecological studies go back thousands of years, while dendrochronological studies go back hundreds of years.

The entries are organized by biogeoclimatic zone, and where more than one zone is addressed by an entry it is repeated for each zone. Where the author(s) provided an abstract, it is usually reproduced verbatim (in quotes). Otherwise, text extracts (in quotes) are given or the pertinent information is summarized (not in quotes). In cases of multiple entries, such summary content may vary for a specific work depending on the biogeoclimatic zone for which it is entered. Where old biogeoclimatic codes are given, the current equivalent codes follow in brackets. Tree species codes are also translated into common names.

A few documents were not seen, so only basic citations were available. Hyperlinks are included for online material. Some older publications not currently online are available in hardcopy from the J.T. Fyles Natural Resources Library in Victoria ( Other more recent documents should be obtainable as PDF files from the respective authors.

The intent of this bibliography is to include most of the existing pertinent material up to late 2011 or early 2012.

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Updated May 1, 2014