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Publication Title: Disturbance succession and species interactions around canopy gaps in old-growth Douglas-fir forests
Year: 1992 Publication Type: Journal Article
H. J. Andrews Publication Number: 1403
Citation: Van Pelt, Robert; Spies, Thomas A.; Franklin, Jerry F. 1992. Disturbance succession and species interactions around canopy gaps in old-growth Douglas-fir forests. Northwest Environmental Journal. 8(1): 210-211.
Online PDF: http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/pubs/pdf/pub1403.pdf
Abstract: When discussing issues of biodiversity in old-growth forests, oneof the major contributors to diversity in these forests can be ex-amined: canopy disturbances. The death of one to many trees in aspecific area in the forest results in canopy gaps—the dominantdisturbance force in old-growth forests. Several studies have ad-dressed the current structure and many processes important in old-growth forests, but few have examined the changes over time inany particular area. The great ages attained by trees in the PacificNorthwest make the relatively short-term research studies difficultto interpret; long-term patterns are missed and the significance ofinfrequent events may be given more importance than deserved.
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