The efficiency and effectiveness of marking methods on spatially heterogeneous forest treatments
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Fire suppression, historic grazing, past logging, and climate change have resulted in increased tree densities and fuel loads, greater forest homogeneity, and large, uncharacteristic wildfires in the lower montane forests of Colorado's Front Range. The Pike and Arapahoe-Roosevelt National Forests are currently restoring forest structure through the implementation of forest thinning. Historically these forests were more heterogeneous with individual trees, groups of trees varying in quantity, and openings. The silvicultural prescriptions required for these restoration treatments are complex, and ...