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Patterns of Community Dynamics in Colorado Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir Forests

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Aplet, Gregory H, Laven, Richard D, and Smith, Frederick W, Patterns of Community Dynamics in Colorado Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir Forests: .

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A five-stand chronosequence spanning >500 yr is used to characterize changes in age structure, overstory mortality, recruitment, and understory growth in developing Colorado Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii)-subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) forests. Stand development follows a postdisturbance sequence of colonization, spruce exclusion, spruce reinitiation, and second-generation forest. This model of spruce-fir forest development reflects a range of disturbance intensities from large conflagrations to small-scale tree deaths. Catastrophic disturbance initiates stand development, and canopy gap replacements occur at predictable times during stand development as the life-spans of the two species are expressed. Previous, spruce-fir [...]

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