Restoration impacts on understory plant species in a Colorado Front Range ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forest
Land managers working in Colorado’s ponderosa pine – dominated forests are faced with many challenges concerning forest health and resiliency, such as higher tree densities, greater risk of high severity wildfire, and depauperate understory plant communities. Restoration treatments designed to move forests toward less degraded conditions that are more in line with those found prior to the settlement era are being increasingly implemented, and have been shown to decrease stand density, minimize ladder fuels, and decrease severe fire risk. However the impacts of such treatments on understory plants ...
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