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Understory recovery in harvested ponderosa pine forests on the Black Hills National Forest

Scientists with the Rocky Mountain Research Station and university partners are investigating the short- and long-term resiliency of understory vegetation of ponderosa pine forests to a variety disturbances associated with timber harvest. Findings indicate that the understory vegetation is very resilient, often approaching pre-harvest condition within a few years. Scientists also found that expansion of invasive plant species appears to be restricted to a few heavily disturbed sites.

View the associated Science Spotlight: Ponderosa pine understory vegetation recovers quickly following timber harvest.

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