Crown characteristics of interior western U.S. conifers with implications for canopy fire hazard evaluation
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Tree crown characteristics are important determinants of forest stand features such as their potential to sustain canopy fire. There are characteristic differences between crowns of shade tolerant and shade intolerant conifer species: shade tolerant conifers generally have longer, fuller crowns than intolerant species. In this work, I investigated the response of vertical foliage distribution to stand density for a suite of western U.S. conifer species of varying shade tolerance and interpreted results in terms of canopy fire hazard evaluation. In addition, I evaluated whether diameter-based ...