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Title: Thinning impacts on the resilience of wildlife habitat quality under climate change in coniferous forests of western Oregon

Author: Neill, Andrew R.; Puettmann, Klaus J.; Ares, Adrian.;

Date: 2013

Source: In: Anderson, P.D.; Ronnenberg, K.L., eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 240-240.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: To understand the impacts of overstory density reductions on resilience of forest ecosystems (i.e., the capacity of an ecosystem to maintain desired ecosystem functions in a fl uctuating environment), we examined overstory basal area and understory vegetation cover and richness collected 6 years after thinning in seven 40- to 60-year-old forests dominated by Douglas-fi r (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) in the Oregon Coast Range and Cascade Range of western Oregon. Each site contained an unthinned control (240–1,540 trees∙ha-1 [tph]) and three thinning treatment units (high-density = 300 tph; moderate-density = 200 tph; and variable-density with a combination of 300 tph, 200 tph, and 100 tph).

Keywords: stand density, plant species richness, functional diversity, vegetation response types, habitat quality.

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Neill, Andrew R.; Puettmann, Klaus J.; Ares, Adrian. 2013. Thinning impacts on the resilience of wildlife habitat quality under climate change in coniferous forests of western Oregon. In: Anderson, P.D.; Ronnenberg, K.L., eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 240-240.

 


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