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Bedrock type significantly affects individual tree mortality for various conifers in the inland Northwest, U.S.A.


Moore, James A.; Hamilton. David A, Jr.; Xiao, Yu; Byrne, John. 2004. Bedrock type significantly affects individual tree mortality for various conifers in the inland Northwest, U.S.A. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 34: 31-42.

doi: 10.1139/X03-196

Abstract: Individual tree mortality models for western white pine (Pinus monticola Dougl. ex D. Don), Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco), grand fir (Abies grandis (Dougl. ex D. Don) Lindl.), western redcedar (Thuja plicata Donn ex. D. Don), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sarg.), and western larch (Larix occidentalis Nutt.) were developed using data from permanent research plots located throughout the inland Northwest. The proposed linear logistic models included the following independent variables: diameter at breast height, basal area in larger trees, basal area per hectare, individual tree diameter increment, and a set of dummy variables for the six bedrock types, which were granite, basalt, metasedimentary, sedimentary, mixed - glacial till, and deep deposit. The results show that rock type significantly affects individual tree mortality for western white pine, Douglas-fir, and western redcedar, while grand fir, western hemlock, and western larch were not affected. Western white pine and Douglas-fir growing on metasedimentary rocks exhibited greater mortality probabilities than on other rocks. Mortality probabilities for western hemlock were low across all rock types, including "nutrient-poor" rocks like metasedimentary types.

Keywords: tree mortality, bedrock


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Bedrock type significantly affects individual tree mortality for various conifers in the inland Northwest, U.S.A.
Electronic Publish Date: April 23, 2013
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April 23, 2013

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