Restoring forest structure and process stabilizes forest carbon in wildfire-prone southwestern ponderosa pine forests.

@article{Hurteau2016RestoringFS,
  title={Restoring forest structure and process stabilizes forest carbon in wildfire-prone southwestern ponderosa pine forests.},
  author={Matthew D. Hurteau and Shuang Liang and Katherine L. Martin and Malcolm P. North and George W. Koch and Bruce A. Hungate},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  year={2016},
  volume={26 2},
  pages={
          382-91
        }
}
  • M. Hurteau, S. Liang, +3 authors B. Hungate
  • Published 2016
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Changing climate and a legacy of fire-exclusion have increased the probability of high-severity wildfire, leading to an increased risk of forest carbon loss in ponderosa pine forests in the southwestern USA. Efforts to reduce high-severity fire risk through forest thinning and prescribed burning require both the removal and emission of carbon from these forests, and any potential carbon benefits from treatment may depend on the occurrence of wildfire. We sought to determine how forest… Expand
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