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Consequences of salvage logging on post-beetle outbreak lodgepole pine forests

Posted date: December 04, 2014
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Authors: Rhoades, Charles C.;
Document type: Briefing Papers


Recent mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonous ponderosae) infestations have resulted in widespread mortality of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) forests and the accumulation of dead woody fuels across the Rocky Mountain region. The trajectory of lodgepole forest recovery after this disturbance is poorly understood. Concern about wildfire and threats to infrastructure and human safety from falling beetle-killed trees has prompted harvesting of infested stands with unknown impacts to future stand conditions and fire behavior.

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