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Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

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Forest Insights: Using the Past to Reshape the Future

Past data on historic areas of the Sierra Nevada provide a window to the past and the type of conditions that existed there prior to fire suppression and logging. In areas absent of frequent fires, forest density has increased to set the stage for the tree mortality we see today.  Researchers discuss a new study that creates a thinning treatment to restore spatial patters seen in historic forests. These treatments help make a forest resilient to fire and bark beetles.

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Posted: March 23, 2018


  • Eric Knapp, PSW Research Ecologist
Last Modified: Apr 4, 2018 11:54:57 AM