Yellowstone National Park Report
The 1988 Yellowstone fires created a strikingly heterogeneous pattern of severely burned, lightly burned, and unburned forests across a large portion of Yellowstone's subalpine Plateau (Turner et al. 1994). Equally striking has been the variation in post-fire tree seedling density throughout the burned forests. In 1999 we initiated a 3-year study of postfire succession, with three principal objectives: (1) to document the variation in post-fire tree sapling density and to map the spatial patterns of sapling density (2) to explain the causes of the variation in postfire sapling density (3) to explore the consequences of variable post-fire sapling density for ecosystem processes, specifically aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP) and leaf area index (LAI).
Turner, Monica G.; Romme, William H.; Knight, Dennis H.; and Tinker, Daniel B.
"Causes and Consequences of Alternative Successional Trajectories Following the 1988 Yellowstone Fires,"
University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center Annual Report: Vol. 23
, Article 12.
Available at: http://repository.uwyo.edu/uwnpsrc_reports/vol23/iss1/12