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Back to the Future: Building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests using research findings and a new guide for restoration of ponderosa and dry-mixed conifer landscapes

Author(s): Susan Miller, Rob Addington, Gregory H. Aplet, Michael A. Battaglia, Anthony S. Cheng, Jonas A. Feinstein, Jeffrey L. Underhill
Year Published: 2018
Description:

Historically, the ponderosa and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range were more open and grassy, and trees of all size classes were found in a grouped arrangement with sizable openings between the clumps. As a legacy of fire suppression, today’s forests are denser, with smaller trees. Proactive restoration of this forest type will help to reduce fuel loads and the risk of large and severe wildfires in the Colorado Front Range. Using the best-available information on the historical conditions of these forests to develop “desired conditions” for restoration, the Rocky Mountain Research Station has published Principles and Practices for the Restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Colorado Front Range (RMRS-GTR-373).

Citation: Miller, Sue; Addington, Rob; Aplet, Greg; Battaglia, Mike; Cheng, Tony; Feinstein, Jonas; Underhill, Jeff. 2018. Back to the future: building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests using research findings and a new guide for restoration of ponderosa and dry-mixed conifer landscapes. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 28. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 15 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 17145
FRAMES RCS number: 25670
Record updated: Mar 27, 2018