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Lucy P. Kerhoulas, Thomas E. Kolb, Matthew D. Hurteau and George W. Koch Managing climate change adaptation in forests: a case study from the U.S. Southwest Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Article first published online: 7 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12139

Our findings indicate that more aggressive thinning treatments used for forest restoration stimulate growth throughout large residual trees from coarse roots to branches and also improve drought resistance, providing a greater resilience to future climate-related stress. These responses to treatment are more pronounced in large trees than small trees. Forest thinning is therefore recommended in systems that are likely to experience increased temperature and decreased precipitation as a result of climate change.

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