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Table 3 Literature that discussed the influence of various climate metrics on tree regeneration following wildfires. Study, region, significant climate metric evaluated, the time period over which climate was considered, and the relationship of said climate variable and tree regeneration along with additional information on major findings. A plus sign (+) indicates a positive relationship between climate metric and tree regeneration, a minus sign (−) indicates a negative relationship, and a zero (0) indicates no relationship. Specific species-level information is described when individual papers analyzed climate variables against individual species

From: Tree regeneration following wildfires in the western US: a review

StudyRegionClimate metricTime period of metricRelationship between climate variable and regeneration
Urza and Sibold 2017Northern Rocky MountainsGrowing season precipitation, degree days8 years post fire+ Larch, Douglas-fir, Englemann spruce
+ for Douglas-fir only
Harvey et al. 2016Northern Rocky MountainsDrought severity4 years post fire− All species combined
− Englemann spruce, subalpine fir
0 lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, larch, aspen, whitebark pine
Stevens-Rumann et al. 2018aRocky MountainsPost-fire moisture deficit, average moisture deficit3 years post fire, 30 year average climate− pre 2000, 0 post 2000
+ pre 2000, − post 2000
Tepley et al. 2017Pacific NorthwestMean moisture deficitPost-fire deficit− all species analyzed together
Savage et al. 2013SouthwestDroughtPost-fire drought− fire at the end of the drought had more regeneration than those fires from the middle of the drought
Welch et al. 2016Pacific SouthwestPrecipitationPost-fire annual precipitation+ for all forest types and mixed conifer
  1. aIn this one case, the influence of climate was analyzed separately in two different climatic periods and is described instead of individual species influenced