Lodgepole pine regeneration after mountain pine beetle and wildfire: a case study in the High Park Fire, CO
The 2012 High Park Fire burned over 35,000 hectares, including 5,000 hectares of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) forest that had recently been attacked by mountain pine beetle (MPB, Dendroctonus ponderosae). This sequence of events provided an excellent opportunity to investigate the effects of combined disturbance on lodgepole pine regeneration trajectories. I examined the influence of MPB mortality, high canopy fire severity, site characteristics, and post fire mulching treatments on lodgepole pine recovery at both landscape (∼hectare) and fine (∼cm) spatial scales. At the landscape scale, ...
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