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After the FiresThe Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park$
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Linda L. Wallace

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100488

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100488.001.0001

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Establishment, Growth, and Survival of Lodgepole Pine in the First Decade

Establishment, Growth, and Survival of Lodgepole Pine in the First Decade

(p.55) Chapter 4 Establishment, Growth, and Survival of Lodgepole Pine in the First Decade
After the Fires

Jay E. Anderson

Marshall Ellis

Carol D. von Dohlen

William H. Romme

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This chapter describes the establishment, growth, and survival of Lodgepole pine in the first decade after the 1988 fires. Fire is among the most important factors affecting the evolution, development, structure, and overall ecology of forest ecosystems in the northern and central Rocky Mountains. Lodgepole pine is among the most fire-resilient species of pines, a group characterized by precocious reproduction and small seed. Differential patterns in lodgepole pine establishment after a fire may have long-lasting effects on stand structure, physiognomy, and dynamics. The 1988 Yellowstone fires were characterized by their heterogeneity, which produced a complex mosaic of burn severities at spatial scales from a few meters to kilometers. In addition to the paired transects, a third transect was established in the nearest unburned or lightly burned stand at each site.

Keywords:   Yellowstone National Park, Lodgepole pine, Rocky Mountains, stand structure, ecology

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