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    Author(s): Rob Hubbard; Michael BattagliaChuck Rhoades; Jim Thinnes; Tom Martin; Jeff Underhill; Mark Westfahl
    Date: 2014
    Source: In: Matonis, M.; Hubbard, R.; Gebert, K.; Hahn, B.; Miller, S.; Regan, C. Future Forests Webinar Series, Webinar Proceedings and Summary: Ongoing Research and Management Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak. Proceedings RMRS-P-70. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 29-38.
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Description

    More than 23 million acres of lodgepole pine forests across the western U.S. have experienced overstory mortality following the recent mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic (USDA Forest Service 2013). Unknowns regarding the immediate and long-term consequences of the epidemic challenge the ability of managers to make informed decisions aimed at sustaining forest health and delivery of ecosystem services. There is a large body of research regarding the recovery of lodgepole pine forest following fire and logging; however, the trajectory of stand development in beetle-killed forests is poorly understood. Research presented in this webinar aims to better understand forest recovery following the MPB epidemic, including the impacts of management options on regeneration, fuel loads, and potential fire behavior.

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    Hubbard, Rob; Battaglia, Michael; Rhoades, Chuck; Thinnes, Jim; Martin, Tom; Underhill, Jeff; Westfahl, Mark. 2014. Forests in transition: Post-epidemic vegetation conditions [Chapter 4]. In: Matonis, M.; Hubbard, R.; Gebert, K.; Hahn, B.; Miller, S.; Regan, C. Future Forests Webinar Series, Webinar Proceedings and Summary: Ongoing Research and Management Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak. Proceedings RMRS-P-70. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 29-38.

    Keywords

    mountain pine beetle, lodgepole pine, forest change, socio-economic impacts, wildlife habitat

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