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    Author(s): Damon Vaughan; David Auty; Thomas E. Kolb; Andrew J. Sanchez Meador; Kurt H. Mackes; Joseph Dahlen; W. Keith Moser
    Date: 2019
    Source: Annals of Forest Science. 76(3): 85.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Stand 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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    Vaughan, 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.


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    x-ray densitometry, forest restoration, wood density, ponderosa pine, growing stock level, dendroecology

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