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Climate driven changes in Engelmann spruce stands at timberline in the La Sal Mountains


Fowler, James F.; Overby, Steven; Smith, Barb. 2012. Climate driven changes in Engelmann spruce stands at timberline in the La Sal Mountains. Final Report. Moab, UT: Canyonlands Natural History Association. 21 p.

Due to global warming spruce-fir forest and associated vegetation may experience elevational displacement and altered species composition at the timberline-treeline ecotone. These forests and their component species are predicted to migrate upslope and thus landscape features such as timberline and treeline may move upslope as well. Prior to this study, baseline data on forest stand structure, plant species distributions, soil temperatures, and soil carbon pools did not exist across these habitats in the La Sal Mountains. This study will provide data that allows land managers, researchers, and conservationists to better assess the degree of change in and the resilience of these high elevation plant communities via repeated measurements to detect specific local change over time.

Keywords: climate change, Engelmann spruce, La Sal Mountains


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Climate driven changes in Engelmann spruce stands at timberline in the La Sal Mountains
Electronic Publish Date: May 15, 2013
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May 15, 2013

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