Controls on Abrupt Forest Changes in the Snowy Range, Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming
Large-scale forest changes are currently taking place across the western United States as the result of insect outbreaks, fires, and drought, but the long-term consequences of these disturbances remain unknown. Permanent state-shifts may be possible if new climate conditions prohibit recovery to past forest states. Paleoecological records can help anticipate such outcomes by examining past effects of climate change and disturbance. This case study examines evidence that past events caused sub-alpine forests in the Medicine Bow Mountains in southeast Wyoming to shift permanently to open alpine ...
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