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Rio Grande National Forest: Spruce-fir bibliography

Posted date: April 23, 2019
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Authors: Janine Rice - Rice Consulting LLC
Document type: Other Documents


One of the bibliographies included in the supplemental materials for the 2016 Rio Grande National Forest Climate Change Plan Revision workshop. 

This bibliography provides relevant scientific citations with abstracts on topics identified by the Rio Grande National Forest staff as important to the development of their assessment and plan components. The collection of studies, sorted by date, depict the ecology of Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii Parry ex Engelm.) and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa (Hook.) Nutt.), and give information about how climate change may affect the distribution, life history, carbon cycle, and disturbance regime among the environmental variations in the landscape that are found in these forests. The collection of studies focus on both single and mixed species forests, and can also include subalpine spruce-fir forests that mix with lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Douglas ex Louden), limber pine (Pinus flexilis), and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.).

Site-specific studies on or near the Rio Grande National Forest are included, however, there are few climate change effects studies on Rio Grande Spruce-Fir ecosystems. Several studies include regions that overlap the Rio Grande National Forest. The majority of studies are from the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and a few relevant studies are from Northern New Mexico, Utah, and the Central and Northern Rocky Mountains.