Effects of Pre-Fire Vegetation Composition and Burn Severity on Successional Pathways in Sagebrush Steppe /Western Juniper Woodlands
In 2007 the Tongue-Crutcher Fire Complex burn 150 previously sampled plots dominated by varying successional stages of western juniper woodland. The burn severity of those fires was documented for these plots in a previous study. We propose to intensively resample the post-fire vegetation composition based on canopy coverage on these plots to determine how the pre-fire composition and burn severity has affected the short-term (5 year) post-fire recovery and subsequent succession of those previously sampled locations. We hypothesize that the interaction between vegetation composition and burn severity will result in novel plant successional communities not currently observed with the landscape.