Understory community dynamics ten years after a mixed-severity wildfire in ponderosa pine and aspen stands in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA
Wildfires are important disturbances due to their ability to influence many ecosystem processes and functions. Following a mixed-severity wildfire, understory vegetation composition and structure may undergo both long- and short-term changes because of modified growing conditions, removal of overstory competition and changes in the amounts of available resources. While more rapid, short-term changes are easily observed and documented, understanding long-term changes is of critical importance for management purposes and allowing professionals to gain insights into forest composition following a ...
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