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Disturbance Agents and Their Associated Effects on the Health of Interior Douglas-Fir Forests in the Central Rocky Mountains

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Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Ogden, UT 84403, USA
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Academic Editors: Yves Bergeron and Sylvie Gauthier
Forests 2016, 7(4), 80; https://doi.org/10.3390/f7040080
Received: 18 January 2016 / Revised: 23 March 2016 / Accepted: 30 March 2016 / Published: 6 April 2016
Interior Douglas-fir is a prevalent forest type throughout the central Rocky Mountains. Past management actions, specifically fire suppression, have led to an expansion of this forest type. Although Douglas-fir forests cover a broad geographic range, few studies have described the interactive effects of various disturbance agents on forest health conditions. In this paper, we review pertinent literature describing the roles, linkages, and mechanisms by which disturbances, including insect outbreaks, pathogens, fire, and other abiotic factors, affect the development, structure, and distribution of interior montane forests primarily comprised of Douglas-fir. We also discuss how these effects may influence important resource values such as water, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, timber, and recreation. Finally, we identify gaps where further research may increase our understanding of these disturbance agents, their interacting roles, and how they influence long-term forest health. View Full-Text
Keywords: interior Douglas-fir forest; Douglas-fir beetle; western spruce budworm; disturbance; forest health; mixed-severity fire interior Douglas-fir forest; Douglas-fir beetle; western spruce budworm; disturbance; forest health; mixed-severity fire
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Giunta, A.D.; Jenkins, M.J.; Hebertson, E.G.; Munson, A.S. Disturbance Agents and Their Associated Effects on the Health of Interior Douglas-Fir Forests in the Central Rocky Mountains. Forests 2016, 7, 80. https://doi.org/10.3390/f7040080

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Giunta AD, Jenkins MJ, Hebertson EG, Munson AS. Disturbance Agents and Their Associated Effects on the Health of Interior Douglas-Fir Forests in the Central Rocky Mountains. Forests. 2016; 7(4):80. https://doi.org/10.3390/f7040080

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Giunta, Andrew D., Michael J. Jenkins, Elizabeth G. Hebertson, and Allen S. Munson 2016. "Disturbance Agents and Their Associated Effects on the Health of Interior Douglas-Fir Forests in the Central Rocky Mountains" Forests 7, no. 4: 80. https://doi.org/10.3390/f7040080

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