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    Author(s): Mark J. Ambrose
    Date: 2015
    Source: Potter, K.M., and B.L. Conkling, editors. 2015. Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends and Analysis, 2014. General Technical Report SRS-209. Asheville, North Carolina: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 190 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Tree mortality is a natural process in all forest ecosystems. However, extremely high mortality can be an indicator of forest health issues. On a regional scale, high mortality levels may indicate widespread insect or disease problems. High mortality may also occur if a large proportion of the forest in a particular region is made up of older, senescent stands.

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    Ambrose, Mark J. 2015. Tree mortality. Chapter 5 in K.M. Potter and B.L. Conkling, eds., Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends and Analysis, 2014. General Technical Report SRS-209. Asheville, North Carolina: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. p. 73-84.

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