Crowding, climate change, and the case for distancing among trees

January 27, 2022 10:26 pm


In the age of large-scale fires, forest-wide beetle invasions, and frequent drought, maintaining ‘ideal’ historical conditions is becoming increasingly unrealistic. Novel conditions require different strategies; lower crowding for trees can increase chances of survival after fire. Results from two long-term studies show that chances for long-term tree survival increased when trees had more space, by reducing competition and helping trees recover from fire more quickly.

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