Regeneration Dynamics of Great Basin Bristlecone Pine in Southern Nevada
Canadian Journal of Forest Research
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Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva D.K. Bailey) is an important and long-lived tree species found at high elevations in the interior southwest of the United States, but little is known about its regeneration requirements and response to disturbance. We conducted extensive surveys of seedling regeneration and environmental attributes of regeneration sites in undisturbed forest dominated by this species in the Spring Mountains of southern Nevada. Additional surveys tallied new seedling densities and site attributes 4 years after a wildfire in the same area. Seedlings, saplings, and juvenile trees were less abundant than adult trees in the unburned forest, and soils had lower bulk density and greater depth, moisture, and soil organic matter under adult trees than in open areas. Seedling distributions in both unburned and burned forest showed a negative relationship to a heat load index governed by aspect. The density of new seedlings after the fire was negatively related to distance from unburned forest edges. Seedlings were found in clusters and were associated with adult trees (live or dead) in both unburned and burned stands. Seedling emergence from animal-dispersed caches was more frequent in burned habitats than in unburned habitats. These natural regeneration dynamics provide potential guidance for restoration efforts in this ecosystem.
Clark's nutcracker; Fertile islands; Forest fire; Heat load; Pinus longaeva
Burton, P. J.,
Thompson, D. B.,
Brooks, D. W.,
Walker, L. R.
Regeneration Dynamics of Great Basin Bristlecone Pine in Southern Nevada.
Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 50(6),