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Low stand density moderates growth declines during hot droughts in semi‐arid forests

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Andrews, CM, D'Amato, AW, Fraver, S, Palik, B, Battaglia, MA, Bradford, JB. Low stand density moderates growth declines during hot droughts in semi‐arid forests. J Appl Ecol. 2020; 57: 1089– 1102. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13615

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Abstract (from Journal of Applied Ecology): Increasing heat and aridity in coming decades is expected to negatively impact tree growth and threaten forest sustainability in dry areas. Maintaining low stand density has the potential to mitigate the negative effects of increasingly severe droughts by minimizing competitive intensity. However, the direct impact of stand density on the growing environment (i.e. soil moisture), and the specific drought metrics that best quantify that environment, are not well explored for any forest ecosystem. We examined the relationship of varying stand density (i.e. basal area) on soil moisture and stand‐level growth in a long‐term (multi‐decadal), ponderosa pine Pinus ponderosa, forest management [...]

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