Effects of thinning on drought vulnerability and climate response in north temperate forest ecosystems
Problem Addressed: Do density reductions confer greater resistance and/or resilience to droughts?
Goal(s)/Objective(s): To assess how long-term forest density management reduced drought vulnerability.
Key Findings: Thinning generally enhanced drought resistance and resilience; however, this relationship showed a pronounced reversal over time in stands maintained at lower tree densities
Recommendation: Results confirm the potential of density management to moderate drought impacts on growth