publication . Other literature type . Article . 2009

Stand characteristics and downed woody debris accumulations associated with a mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) outbreak in Colorado

Jennifer Klutsch;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2009
  • Publisher: Hosted by Utah State University Libraries
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud.)-dominated ecosystems in north-central Colorado are undergoing rapid and drastic changes associated with overstory tree mortality from a current mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) outbreak. To characterize stand characteristics and downed woody debris loads during the first 7 years of the outbreak, 221 plots (0.02 ha) were randomly established in infested and uninfested stands distributed across the Arapaho National Forest, Colorado. Mountain pine beetle initially attacked stands with higher lodgepole pine basal area, and lower density and basal area of Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii (Parry)...
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free text keywords: Pinus contorta, lodgepole pine, bark beetles, coarse woody debris, stand structure, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Entomology, Forest Biology, Forest Management, Forest Sciences, Wood Science and Pulp, Paper Technology, Forestry, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Nature and Landscape Conservation
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