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Regeneration patterns within canopy gaps in a giant sequoia-mixed conifer forest: implications for the forest restoration

Demetry, Athena (1995) Regeneration patterns within canopy gaps in a giant sequoia-mixed conifer forest: implications for the forest restoration. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.


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From introduction: Specifically, this study analyzes how changes in the scale of disturbance affect spatial patterns of tree recruitment within canopy gaps in a giant sequoia-mixed conifer forest for the purposes of: (1) defining a conceptual model of species composition and spatial distribution of tree seedlings within disturbed patches in developed Giant Forest; and (2) determining how historical variation in climate and fire regime has affected forest structure (i.e. , defining a past range of natural forest structure). I address three ancillary questions within this greater context. First, what are the community-level, spatial patterns of gaps presently within Giant Forest? Second, does woody species composition vary with gap size? Finally, what are the spatial patterns of regeneration within different-sized gaps? This study addresses several of the research needs defined by the scientists and managers of Sequoia National Park (Lee 1993, Parsons 1993), and contributes to the understanding of how the scale of disturbance controls forest structure.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: Forest fire recovery; giant sequoia-mixed conifer; forest structure; canopy gaps
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Science > School of Forestry
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 15:22
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5306

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