Category: Ecological Research
Title: Restoring Plant Diversity in a Ponderosa Pine Forest
Author: * Springer, J.D. , * Laughlin, D.C. , Moore, M.M.
Subject: Diversity, Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Fendler ceanothus
Abstract: Restoring the native plant community in northern Arizona ponderosa pine forests is a complex proposition for many reasons, including a lack of historical information in species composition and changes that have occurred since Euro-American settlement of the region. Numerous studies indicate that northern Arizona's pine forests are overcrowded with small trees, due in part to a suppression of natural fires. Ecological restoration treatments in these forests seek to retain old-growth trees, return fire to the system, and increase diversity of native plant species and animals.
Source: The Plant Press
Publisher: Arizona Native Plant Society