Long-Term Studies of Secondary Succession in Douglas-fir Forests of the Pacific Northwest

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A permanent vegetation plot illustrating rapid changes in species composition during the first 5 yr of succession. Plots were established
in 1962 (prior to timber harvest) and continue to be sampled as part of the Long-term Ecological Research Program
at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter/).

1 year after broadcast burning
2 years after burning: dominated by Senecio sylvaticus
3 yr after burning: dominated by Epilobium angustifolium
5 years after burning: dominated by Epilobium angustifolium
and Ceanothus velutinus (to the right)