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Keyword: plant succession

Slash pile burning effects on soil biotic and chemical properties and plant establishment: Recommendations for amelioration

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2018
Ponderosa pine forest restoration consists of thinning trees and reintroducing prescribed fire to reduce unnaturally high tree densities and fuel loads to restore ecosystem structure and function. A current issue in ponderosa pine restoration is what to do with the large quantity of slash that is created from thinning dense forest stands.

Evaluating reclamation success: the ecological consideration-proceedings of a symposium; 1990 April 23-26; Charleston, WV.

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Includes 10 papers from a symposium organized to review what is know about the ecological principles that will govern the ultimate success or failure of all reclamation efforts on drastically disturbed lands. The papers cover four general areas: soil biological properties and nutrient cycling; vegetation dynamics; animal recolinization; and landscape-scale processes.

Plant succession and approaches to community restoration

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The processes of vegetation change over time, or plant succession, are also the processes involved in plant community restoration. Restoration efforts attempt to use designed disturbance, seedbed preparation and sowing methods, and selection of adapted and compatible native plant materials to enhance ecological function. The large scale of wildfires and weed invasion requires large-scale approaches to restoration.

Incorporating plant mortality and recruitment into rangeland management and assessment

Publications Posted on: October 07, 2015
Rangeland management is largely focused on managing vegetation change. Objectives may include managing against change if the desired vegetation is in place, or attempting to create a shift in vegetation if the desired plant community is not present. There is a rich body of research documenting influences of disturbance and management on rangeland vegetation.

Vegetation response to burn severity, native grass seeding, and salvage logging

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
As the size and extent of wildfires has increased in recent decades, so has the cost and extent of post-fire management, including seeding and salvage logging. However, we know little about how burn severity, salvage logging, and post-fire seeding interact to influence vegetation recovery long- term.

Plant succession on talus slopes in northern Idaho as influenced by slope exposure

Publications Posted on: August 13, 2015
One of the most conspicuous features of the forested regions of northern Idaho is the small treeless areas which occupy portions of the southerly exposures of especially prominent peaks and ridges. These areas, sometimes referred to as parks or balds, begin at the summits of the prominences and extend down over the south-facing slopes sometimes as much as approximately 200 m.

Forest development following mudflow deposition, Mount St. Helens, Washington

Publications Posted on: July 06, 2006
Volcanic mudflows are locally important disturbance agents in the Pacific Northwest rarely studied within the context of forest succession. We describe 18 years (1981–1999) of forest development on the Muddy River mudflow deposit following the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens using permanent plot data collected along two transects traversing the Cedar Flats river terrace.

Hydrology, ecology, and management of riparian areas in the Madrean Archipelago

Publications Posted on: June 09, 2006
Riparian areas in the Madrean Archipelago have historically provided water necessary for people, livestock, and agricultural crops. European settlers were attracted to these areas in the 1880s, where they enjoyed shade and forage for themselves and their livestock and existed on the readily available wildlife and fish. Trees growing along stream banks were harvested for fuel, poles, and building materials.

Bird community relationships to succession in green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) woodlands

Publications Posted on: May 04, 2006
We studied the relationship between breeding birds and seral stages of green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) woodlands in central South Dakota between 1990 and 1992. Stands of early seral green ash undergoing primary succession had few small trees with western snowberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis) in the understory. Some early seral green ash stands resulted from retrogression and had large trees with grass understory.