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    Author(s): John W. Coulston
    Date: 2007
    Source: In: Forest health monitoring: 2005 national technical report. General Technical Report SRS-104. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Why Is Drought Important? Drought is an important forest disturbance that occurs regularly in the Western United States and irregularly in the Eastern United States (Dale and others 2001). Moderate drought stress tends to slow plant growth while severe
    drought stress can also reduce photosynthesis (Kareiva and others 1993). Drought can also interact with other disturbances, such as fire, insects, and diseases, that may lead to tree mortality and can exacerbate ecosystem stress.

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    Coulston, John W. 2007. Drought occurence. In: Forest health monitoring: 2005 national technical report. General Technical Report SRS-104. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. (pages 17-21)

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