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Subalpine vegetation pattern three decades after stand-replacing fire: Effects of landscape context and topography on plant community composition, tree regeneration, and diversity

Posted date: March 08, 2010
Publication Year: 
2010
Authors: Coop, Jonathan D.; Massatti, Robert T.; Schoettle, Anna W.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Journal of Vegetation Science. doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2009.01154x.

Abstract

These subalpine wildfires generated considerable, persistent increases in plant species richness at local and landscape scales, and a diversity of plant communities. The findings suggest that fire suppression in such systems must lead to reduced diversity. Concerns about post-fire invasion by exotic plants appear unwarranted in high-elevation wilderness settings.

Citation

Coop, Jonathan D.; Massatti, Robert T.; Schoettle, Anna W. 2010. Subalpine vegetation pattern three decades after stand-replacing fire: Effects of landscape context and topography on plant community composition, tree regeneration, and diversity. Journal of Vegetation Science. doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2009.01154x.