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Keyword: lodgepole pine

Can long-lived species keep pace with climate change? Evidence of local persistence potential in a widespread conifer

Publications Posted on: January 04, 2021
Our findings provide insight into the role of the landscape in shaping population genetic structure in a widespread tree species as well as the potential response of local populations to novel conditions, knowledge critical to understanding how widely distributed species may respond to climate change.

Conifer snagfall data in bark-beetle infested subalpine forests at the Fraser Experimental Forest, Colorado, USA

Datasets Posted on: December 30, 2020
This data publication contains data directly associated with Rhoades et al. (IN PRESS), "Snagfall the first decade after severe bark beetle infestation of high-elevation forests in Colorado, USA".

Historical tree surveys of the Umatilla National Forest

Datasets Posted on: December 30, 2020
The original public land survey for the Umatilla National Forest was completed primarily between 1879 and 1887. Notes from these General Land Office (GLO) surveys provide the earliest systematically recorded information about species composition for national forest system lands in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

Discovering Douglas-fir woodlands in the historical forests of the Umatilla National Forest, eastern Oregon and Washington

Publications Posted on: October 28, 2020
We discovered unique Douglas-fir open woodlands in the Umatilla National Forest using historical surveys. Historical ponderosa pine forests of the western United States are transitioning to denser forests comprised of a greater proportion of fire-sensitive species, including true firs.

Still standing: Snagfall the first decade after severe bark beetle infestation

Science Spotlights Posted on: July 27, 2020
Post mountain pine beetle outbreak snagfall dynamics create a multiple decade legacy that will persist longer in high-elevation compared to lower-elevation forests.

Stereo photo guide for estimating canopy fuel characteristics in conifer stands

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
Stereo photographs, hemispherical photographs, and stand data are presented with associated biomass and canopy fuel characteristics for five Interior West conifer stands.

Snagfall the first decade after severe bark beetle infestation of high elevation forests in Colorado, USA

Publications Posted on: June 18, 2020
The persistence and fall rate of snags (standing dead trees) generated during bark beetle outbreaks have consequences for the behavior, effects, and suppression of potential wildfires, hazard tree and timber salvage operations, wildlife habitat, and numerous ecosystem processes. However, post-beetle snagfall dynamics are poorly understood in most forest types.

A regional assessment of the ecological effects of chipping and mastication fuels reduction and forest restoration treatments.

Publications Posted on: December 04, 2019
Over the past several years, fire managers have increased their use of mastication treatments, the on-site disposal of shrubs and small-diameter trees through chipping and shredding. Mastication is a relatively untested management practice that alters the chemical and physical conditions of the forest floor and may influence vegetation regrowth and fuel development for years or decades.

Mountain pine beetle in Colorado: A story of changing forests

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2019
This research presents synthesis of recent research on the effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Colorado’s lodgepole pine forests. The work updates users, scientists, and the public on research finds on how mountain pine beetle has affected a suite of ecosystem services. 

Rio Grande National Forest: Fire Bibliography

Documents and Media Posted on: April 23, 2019
One of the bibliographies included in the supplemental materials for the 2016 Rio Grande National Forest Climate Change Plan Revision workshop.  Document Type: Other Documents