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Climate-Driven Effects of Fire on Winter Habitat for Caribou in the Alaskan-Yukon Arctic

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2014

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Gustine, David D., Brinkman, Todd J., Lindgren, Jennifer I., Rupp, T. Scott, and Adams, Layne G., 2014, Climate-Driven Effects of Fire on Winter Habitat for Caribou in the Alaskan-Yukon Arctic: Plos One, v. 9, no. 7e100588.

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Climatic warming has direct implications for fire-dominated disturbance patterns in northern ecosystems. A transforming wildfire regime is altering plant composition and successional patterns, thus affecting the distribution and potentially the abundance of large herbivores. Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) are an important subsistence resource for communities throughout the north and a species that depends on terrestrial lichen in late-successional forests and tundra systems. Projected increases in area burned and reductions in stand ages may reduce lichen availability within caribou winter ranges. Sufficient reductions in lichen abundance could alter the capacity of these areas to support caribou populations. To assess the potential role [...]

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NWBLCC-20160503-Saved.xml

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