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Back to the Future: Building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests using research findings and a new guide for restoration of ponderosa and dry-mixed conifer landscapesAuthor(s): Sue Miller; Rob Addington; Greg Aplet; Mike Battaglia; Tony Cheng; Jonas Feinstein; Jeff Underhill
Source: Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 28. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 15 p.
Publication Series: Science Bulletins and Newsletters
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionHistorically, the ponderosa and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range were more open and grassy, and trees of all size classes were found in a grouped arrangement with sizable openings between the clumps. As a legacy of fire suppression, today’s forests are denser, with smaller trees. Proactive restoration of this forest type will help to reduce fuel loads and the risk of large and severe wildfires in the Colorado Front Range. Using the best-available information on the historical conditions of these forests to develop “desired conditions” for restoration, the Rocky Mountain Research Station has published Principles and Practices for the Restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Colorado Front Range (RMRS-GTR-373).
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CitationMiller, Sue; Addington, Rob; Aplet, Greg; Battaglia, Mike; Cheng, Tony; Feinstein, Jonas; Underhill, Jeff. 2018. Back to the Future: Building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests using research findings and a new guide for restoration of ponderosa and dry-mixed conifer landscapes. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 28. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 15 p.
Keywordsponderosa, dry mixed-conifer forests, Colorado Front Range, restoration, fuel loads, wildfires
- Desirable forest structures for a restored Front Range
- Historical fire regimes in ponderosa pine forests of the Colorado Front Range, and recommendations for ecological restoration and fuels management
- Current range management research and results at the Manitou Experimental Forest Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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