Drivers of conifer regeneration in severely burned ponderosa pine – dominated forests of the Colorado Front Range
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Wildfires have increased in size and severity in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) – dominated forests in recent decades, and the ability of ponderosa pine and other co-occurring conifers to regenerate in severely burned portions of such fires is unclear. I collected post-fire conifer regeneration and other data within and surrounding five 11 to 18 year-old Colorado Front Range wildfires to examine whether severely burned patches are regenerating, and how regeneration density in these patches is governed by biotic and abiotic factors. Data were collected in plots distributed along transects ...