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Wildfire extent and severity influences the streamwater chemistry, sediment and temperature of individual basins during five years following Colorado’s Hayman Fire

ABSTRACT The 2002 Hayman Fire was the largest fire in recent Colorado history. The extent of high severity combustion and its location in watersheds that deliver drinking water to metropolitan Denver focused public attention on the effects of wildfire on … Continue reading

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The Life Cycles of Classenia sabulosa and Herperoperla pacifica (Plecoptera: Perlidae) in Two Colorado Streams.

Abstract (Forest Ecology, Community Education) We compared the life cycles of Claassenia sabulosa (Banks 1900) and Hesperoperla pacifica(Banks 1900) (Plecoptera: Perlidae) in allopatry and sympatry by studying 4 populations in 3 streams of the South Platte River Watershed, Colorado. We estimated 2-year … Continue reading

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Setting Priorities for the Conservation of Natural Diversity in the South Platte watershed Using Natural Heritage Methodology.

Abstract (Forest Ecology, Watershed Planning, Outreach to Local Economies) The majority of Colorado’s human population dwell and work in the South Platte River watershed. This watershed also supports a significant agricultural and recreational economy and possesses numerous biological values. With … Continue reading

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Measuring the Total Economic Value of Restoring Ecosystem Services in an Impaired River Basin: Results from a Contingent Valuation Survey.

Abstract (Forest Ecology, Economic Redevelopment) Five ecosystem services that could be restored along a 45-mile section of the Platte river were described to respondents using a building block approach developed by an interdisciplinary team. These ecosystem services were dilution of … Continue reading

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Ponderosa Pine in the Colorado Front Range: Long Historical Fire and Tree Recruitment Intervals and a Case for Landscape Heterogeneity.

Abstract (Forest Ecology, Wildfires/Rehabilitation, Restoration Areas, Erosion) An unloggedd forest landscape in the Colorado Front Range provides insight into historical characteristics of ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir landscapes where the past fire regime was mixed severity with mean fire intervals of 50 years … Continue reading

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Adjustment of Riparian Vegetation to Rive Regulation in the Great Plains, USA.

  Abstract (Forest Ecology, Water Management) The Missouri River and the Platte River provide opposite examples of the way riparian vegetation responds and adjusts to regulation by dams and diversions. Populus-Salix woodland has expanded rapidly into Platte River channels, while … Continue reading

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Assessing Spatial Patterns of Forest Fuel Using AVIRIS Data.

Abstract (Wildfires, Forest Ecology, Forest Management) Montane coniferous forests and woodlands in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains have been subject to increased wildfire in recent years. The area and intensity of these fires is strongly dependent upon … Continue reading

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Special Issue: Forest Challenges Today and Tomorrow.

Summary (Pollution, Wildfires, Recreation, Forest Disease, Forest Ecology, Forest Management, Community Preparedness, Restoration Areas) This report compiled by the Colorado State Forest Service contains information on the current state of forests in Colorado as well as projections as to future … Continue reading

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Non-native Plant Invasions in Managed and Protected Ponderosa Pine/Douglas-fir Forests of the Colorado Front Range.

Abstract (Forest Ecology, Forest Management) We examined patterns of non-native plant diversity in protected and managed ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests of the Colorado Front Range. Cheesman Lake, a protected landscape, and Turkey Creek, a managed landscape, appear to have had similar natural disturbance histories … Continue reading

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Landscape Patterns of Montane Forest Age Structure Relative to Fire History at Cheesman Lake in the Colorado Front Range.

Abstract (Forest Ecology, Wildfires) Lack of Euro-American disturbance, except fire suppression, has preserved the patterns of forest structure that resulted from the presettlement disturbance regime in a ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir landscape at Cheesman Lake in the Colorado Front Range. A mixed-severity … Continue reading

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