A field guide for predicting snow damage to ponderosa pine plantations

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station

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U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station
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Dec 31, 1988
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Forest management
Nature / Trees & Forests
Plant-snow relationships
Ponderosa pine
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / Forestry
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