Conifer regeneration and fuels treatment longevity in dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range
Throughout much of the western United States, wildfires have been increasing in size and severity. To prevent negative impacts to communities and ecosystems, costly fuels reduction treatments are being applied to dry, mixed-conifer forests in Colorado and throughout the southern Rockies. The objective of this project was to make inferences about treatment longevity by determining how site, treatment, and vegetation characteristics of treated areas influence the abundance and composition of conifer regeneration, which can serve as fuels to initiate a high severity wildfire. Thinning and mastication ...
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