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Contributions of Fire Refugia to Resilient Ponderosa Pine and Dry Mixed-conifer Forest Landscapes

In western North America, ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forest types appear increasingly vulnerable to wildfire-catalyzed conversion to alternate and non-forest vegetation types. However, unburned or only lightly impacted forest stands that persist within burn mosaics—termed fire refugia—may sustain a range critical ecosystem processes, including serving as tree seed sources necessary for forest landscape recovery. In this presentation, Jonathan Coop of Western Colorado University, will describe recent research on the important roles of fire refugia, highlighting in particular the capacity for refugia to support forest landscape recovery.

For more information about this talk and registration, visit the Southwest Fire Consortium website.