Forest regeneration trajectories in mountain pine beetle-disturbed forests of Rocky Mountain National Park
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A severe mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) epidemic in western North America has caused widespread mortality of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud. var. latifolia Engelm.) and drastically altered subalpine forest structure and composition over large areas. My research describes possible future forest regeneration trajectories by documenting tree survivorship in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, and then projecting future forest conditions using an established forest growth model, the Forest Vegetation Simulator. In 2008, I measured stand structure and tree species ...