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Monitoring Old Growth in Frequent-fire Landscapes

Carl E. Fiedler, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
Peter Friederici, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University
Mark Petruncio, Forestry Program, Yakama Nation

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-02174-120222

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Abstract

In this article, we discuss how to monitor the structural and functional attributes of old growth, as well as its associated plant communities and wildlife, both to determine the possible need for treatment and to assess post-treatment progress toward desired conditions. Monitoring can be used to detect conditions (or agents) that threaten existing old growth and also to document indicators of healthy, functioning old-growth systems.

Key words

disturbance agents; monitoring; physiological/functional indicators; risk assessment; structural indicators

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