at Bunchgrass Ridge addresses fundamental aspects of the ecology,
dynamics, and management of montane meadows in the western Cascades.
- when, why,
and how these systems have undergone invasions by conifers
- the consequences
of these invasions for loss and degradation of meadow habitats
- the potential
to restore meadow through tree removal and prescribed burning
have designed our research as an integrated series of retrospective
and experimental studies that use a common set of study plots. Dendrochronological
and chronosequence-based studies of vegetation change provide the
historical and ecological contexts for an experiment that tests
the potential for, and conditions under which, restoration is possible
with tree removal and prescribed fire.
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