Forest gap effects on snow storage in the transitional climate of the Eastern Cascade Range, Washington, United States


Susan Dickerson-Lange of NSD + CGS is pleased to share, along with her co-author, Kenna Patrick, and collaborators from TNC, UW, and SPU, that they’ve just published a new paper in Frontiers in Hydrology. It reports on 3 years of data collection in the Eastern Cascades, to help characterize whether thinning and prescribed burning to reduce fire risk and drought stress are likely to have a buffering, neutral, or amplifying effect on climate-induced reductions in snow storage (spoiler alert – the data suggest that the answer is neutral, except on north-facing aspects where thinning may have a buffering effect).  Also, a big shout out to Julia Jay for supporting data processing and analysis!

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