Long-term forest recovery processes following a large, mixed severity fire in ponderosa pine ecosystems of the Black Hills, South Dakota, USA
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Understanding the pattern and timing of ecological recovery following wildfires in western forests has become critical as the area burned has dramatically increased in the past decade. This is especially important in ponderosa pine forests, where mixed severity fires lead to a complicated landscape mosaic of initial fire effects and patterns of recovery. I compared forest structural change in relation to initial fire severity, 10-years following the Jasper Fire of 2000 in ponderosa pine forests of the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Jasper Fire burned ~34,000 ha as a mixed severity fire with ...