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Keyword: structural sustainability index

New forest health monitoring methods tested and found effective

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 18, 2016
Disturbance processes such as insect outbreaks are natural disturbance agents in forests. The frequency and intensity of disturbances is expected to increase as the climate changes. Tools are needed to assist managers in determining how disturbances affect the sustainability of forests. RMRS scientists, in collaboration with the index developers, tested this new quantitative forest structural sustainability index on lodgepole pine forests in northern Colorado that had been heavily impacted by mountain pine beetles.