Determining Forest Fuel Treatment Levels for the Bitterroot Front Using VDDT
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The Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool (VDDT) simulates changes in vegetative composition and structure resulting from both management activities and natural disturbances. Vegetation is classified into discrete states and pathway diagrams portray progression between states. This paper describes the methods used to evaluate alternative forest fuel treatment strategies for the Bitterroot front region of western Montana using VDDT and discusses the general advantages and limitations of using this type of tool.
Key wordsLandscape modelling natural disturbance simulation forest dynamics vegetative succession
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