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Simulating Vegetation, Fire, and Climate Dynamics in a Northern Rocky Mountain Landscape
Presenter(s): Robert E. Keane (US Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory,
Distribution Contact(s): Josh  McDaniel (Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center,
Publisher: Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
Recording Date:
May  26,  2011
On May 26, 1 PM MDT Robert Keane will present a webinar on the results of research using models to assess potential interacting effects of climate changes, pathogens, and wildfire on the distribution and density of whitebark pine in a high-elevation watershed in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. Climate changes are projected to profoundly influence vegetation patterns and community compositions, either directly through increased species mortality and shifts in species distributions, or indirectly through disturbance dynamics such as increased wildfire activity and extent, shifting fire regimes, and pathogenesis. High-elevation landscapes have been shown to be particularly sensitive to climatic change, and are likely to experience significant impacts under predicted future climate change conditions. Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), a high-elevation five-needle pine species that is important for snowpack retention, resource provision, and other ecosystem services in alpine environments in the northern Rocky Mountains, is particularly sensitive to an interacting complex of disturbances - climatic change, altered fire regimes, whitepine blister rust, and mountain pine beetles- that have already caused major changes in species distribution and density. This webinar was hosted by the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (, the Joint Fire Science Program (, and the International Association of Wildland Fire (
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climate change; community composition; disturbance dynamics; Glacier National Park; pathogens; vegetation patterns; whitebark pine; wildfire
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Jul 11, 2012
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