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Moving forward: responding to and mitigating effects of the MPB epidemic

Author(s): Claudia Regan, Barry Bollenbacher, Rob Gump, Michael Hillis
Year Published: 2014

The final webinar in the Future Forest Webinar Series provided an example of how managers utilized available science to address questions about post-epidemic forest conditions. Assessments of current conditions and projected trends, and how these compare with historical patterns, provide important information for land management planning. Large-scale disturbance events, such as the MPB epidemic, can change future vegetation conditions, disturbances and disturbance interactions, and habitat for wildlife species. This case study from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest illustrates the value of rapid assessments for conservation planning, and it provides a template for future science-management collaboration.

Citation: Regan, Claudia; Bollenbacher, Barry; Gump, Rob; Hillis, Mike. 2014. Moving forward: Responding to and mitigating effects of the MPB epidemic [Chapter 8]. In: Matonis, M.; Hubbard, R.; Gebert, K.; Hahn, B.; Miller, S.; Regan, C. Future Forests Webinar Series, Webinar Proceedings and Summary: Ongoing Research and Management Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak. Proc. RMRS-P-70. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 73-79.
Topic(s): Insects & Disease, Fire & Bark Beetles, Fire & Wildlife, Invertebrates, Mountain pine beetles, Recovery after fire, Resilience
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 13711
Record updated: Jul 26, 2018