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Damien Côté, François Girard, François Hébert, Sylvie Bouchard, Réjean Gagnon and Daniel Lord Is the closed-crown boreal forest resilient after successive stand disturbances? A quantitative demonstration from a case study Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 12 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01488.x

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This paper presents a case study of a natural shift of vegetation communities after compounded disturbances in the closed-crown boreal forest. Due to a combination of short fire interval and insect outbreak, resilience of the spruce forest decreased over the last century. Our case study showed that the transformation of a closed forest into open woodland was fast and naturally irreversible.

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