Forest recovery after Montana’s 2017 fire season

Researchers found thousands of seedlings growing after recent fires in Montana, especially at sites with cooler, damper conditions — often found in the shade of the dead trees and upper canopy, as well as on the north side of mountains with higher elevations and more undergrowth. Researchers found fewer seedlings at sites with less shade and drier, hotter conditions.Researchers found thousands of seedlings growing after recent fires in Montana, especially at sites with cooler, damper conditions — often found in the shade of the dead trees and upper canopy, as well as on the north side of mountains with higher elevations and more undergrowth. Researchers found fewer seedlings at sites with less shade and drier, hotter conditions.

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