Temperate forest health in an era of emerging megadisturbance

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Although disturbances such as fire and native insects can contribute to natural dynamics of forest health, exceptional droughts, directly and in combination with other disturbance factors, are pushing some temperate forests beyond thresholds of sustainability. Interactions from increasing temperatures, drought, native insects and pathogens, and uncharacteristically severe wildfire are resulting in forest mortality beyond the levels of 20th-century experience. Additional anthropogenic stressors, such as atmospheric pollution and invasive species, further weaken trees in some regions. Although continuing climate change will likely drive many areas of temperate forest toward large-scale transformations, management actions can help ease transitions and minimize losses of socially valued ecosystem services.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Temperate forest health in an era of emerging megadisturbance
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/science.aaa9933
Volume 349
Issue 6250
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher AAAS
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 4 p.
First page 823
Last page 826
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