Climate has a larger effect than stand basal area on wood density in Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum in the southwestern USAAuthor(s): Damon Vaughan; David Auty; Thomas E. Kolb; Andrew J. Sanchez Meador; Kurt H. Mackes; Joseph Dahlen; W. Keith Moser
Source: Annals of Forest Science. 76(3): 85.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionStand basal area of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum Engelm.) in the US Southwest has little effect on the density of the wood produced, but climatic fluctuations have a strong effect. Wood density increases during drought, particularly if the drought occurs in late winter/early spring. Future droughts, as are predicted to increase in the US Southwest, may lead to production of smaller radial increments of higher density wood in ponderosa pine.
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CitationVaughan, Damon; Auty, David; Kolb, Thomas E.; Meador, Andrew J. Sanchez; Mackes, Kurt H.; Dahlen, Joseph; Moser, W. Keith. 2019. Climate has a larger effect than stand basal area on wood density in Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum in the southwestern USA. Annals of Forest Science. 76(3): 85.
Keywordsx-ray densitometry, forest restoration, wood density, ponderosa pine, growing stock level, dendroecology
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