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Attributes of standing dead trees in forests of the United States

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2009

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In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 191-196.

Abstract

Standing dead trees in forests of the United States serve as wildlife habitat, a fuel loading component, and carbon stocks. Although standing dead trees are a vital component of forest ecosystems, information regarding this resource across the Nation is lacking. The first annual inventory of standing dead trees across the United States was initiated in 1999, resulting in a comprehensive assessment of this resource. The goal of this study is to broadly summarize the attributes of standing dead trees across the United States using the first national inventory of standing dead trees. Study objectives were to examine volume and biomass estimates by geographic regions, diameter at breast height/decay class distributions, and species composition. Results indicate that a substantial number of standing dead trees exists in forests across the United States, exceeding 7 billion nationwide. Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest forests have some of the highest volume and biomass of standing dead trees, while southeastern forests have the least. The species composition of standing dead trees is quite diverse, with 26 species groups having more than a billion trees nationwide. Overall, standing dead trees are a prevalent component of forests across the United States.

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Woodall, Christopher W.; Smith, James E.; Miles, Patrick D. 2009. Attributes of standing dead trees in forests of the United States. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 191-196.

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