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Modeling the population dynamics of Pacific yew.Author(s): Richard T. Busing; Thomas A. Spies
Source: Res. Note PNW-RN-515. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 16 p.
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionA study of Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia Nutt.) population dynamics in the mountains of western Oregon and Washington was based on a combination of long-term population data and computer modeling. Rates of growth and mortality were low in mature and old-growth forest stands. Diameter growth at breast height ranged from 0 to 3 centimeters per decade. The annual mortality rate for individuals >5 centimeters in diameter at breast height was about 1 percent of the population. A matrix population model was constructed by using these and other fundamental data on yew population dynamics. The model was designed to perform population viability analyses of yew under various harvest regimes. Model projections suggested a slow rate of recovery from major disturbance.
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CitationBusing, Richard T.; Spies, Thomas A. 1995. Modeling the population dynamics of Pacific yew. Res. Note PNW-RN-515. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 16 p.
KeywordsMatrix population model, Pacific yew, Taxus brevifolia, population dynamics, population viability analysis
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