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Title: The effects of wildfire on native tree species in the Middle Rio Grande bosques of New Mexico

Author: Johnson, Brad; Merritt, David;

Date: 2009

Source: Fort Collins, CO: Colorado State University. 43 p.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: The cottonwood bosques along the Middle Fork of the Rio Grande (MRG) form a ribbon of surviving habitat in this once vast ecosystem. Historically, the channel had a multi-threaded and braided configuration that created a rich mosaic of habitats, including mixed-aged cottonwood forests, meadows, and willow-dominated riparian wetlands and backwaters (Crawford et al. 1993). While the characteristic cottonwood gallery forest still exists throughout the remaining corridor, these systems have been highly modified and many stands of cottonwood survive only as relics of a past ecological regime.

Keywords: cottonwood bosques, wildfire, Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico

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Johnson, Brad; Merritt, David. 2009. The effects of wildfire on native tree species in the Middle Rio Grande bosques of New Mexico. Fort Collins, CO: Colorado State University. 43 p.


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