Simulating the interactions of forest structure, fire regime, and plant invasion in the southern Appalachians using LANDISThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Southern Appalachian forests face multiple environmental threats, including periodic fires, insect outbreaks, and more recently, exotic invasive plants. Past studies suggest these multiple disturbances interact to shape species-rich forest landscape, and they hypothesize that changes in fire regimes and increasing landscape fragmentation may influence invasive processes. However, long-term impacts of these multiple factors, landscape-scale processes that drive invasion, and forest management practices required to reduce damage from invasive plants are still unclear.