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The ecology of dry mixed conifer forests—What makes them unique?

Date: March 13, 2013
Presenter(s): Theresa B. Jain, Michael A. Battaglia, Russell T. Graham
Description: This webinar is the first of a four-part series for managers and scientists to discuss up-to-date information regarding the benefits, challenges, opportunities, and trade-offs among the different strategies and tools related to fuel treatment applications within dry mixed conifer forests of the western United States.Presenters: Terrie Jain, Mike Battaglia, and Russ Graham - USFS Rocky Mountain Research StationDescription: Dry mixed conifer forests of the northwestern United States challenge ecological classification systems because of the diversity and complexity of the landscapes where they occur. Many contain ponderosa pine and a mixture of other highly productive tree species in the overstory and understory. They often mix with drier and wetter forests, creating a mixture of forest types quite unlike the expansive stands of comparatively pure ponderosa pine found elsewhere in the West. Widespread human settlement, timber harvesting, livestock grazing, fire exclusion, disease, and insects have shaped these forests. We will summarize the first four chapters of the synthesis and discuss how this information can be used in describing potential future conditions. Questions for our discussion may include: What are the key elements that need to be considered? Why is diversity of forest structures and compositions important? How do fuel treatments blend in with other disturbances in addition to wildfire?
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Insects & Disease, Fuel Treatments & Effects, Fuels
Ecosystem(s): Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 12809
FRAMES RCS number: 14327
Record updated: May 24, 2018