Impacts of fire suppression and drought stress on patterns of conifer mortality in eastern Sierra Nevada montane forest

Josh Brandt, John Laux, & Benjamin Weaver
In the age of fire suppression, a major killer of coniferous forests has shifted from wildfires to beetle infestations and drought stress. We examined a conifer forest in the Eastern Sierra Nevada to obtain demographic data on the area and to determine the factors affecting conifer mortality. We found a positive relationship between the number of boreholes and mortality across tree species. Bark beetle tree mortality in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) was related to density,...
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