The vegetation of four burned areas in northwestern Ontario
Document Type: Book
Author(s): Ian R. Methven; Charles E. Van Wagner; Brian J. Stocks
Publication Year: 1975

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • Betula papyrifera
  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • Carex
  • Cornus canadensis
  • cover
  • Epilobium angustifolium
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • Gaultheria hispidula
  • Geranium bicknellii
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • Linnaea borealis
  • Marchantia polymorpha
  • Ontario
  • Picea mariana
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pleurozium schreberi
  • Polytrichum commune
  • Populus tremuloides
  • post fire recovery
  • rate of spread
  • regeneration
  • Rubus
  • species diversity (plants)
  • stand characteristics
  • succession
  • Vaccinium myrtilloides
  • vegetation surveys
  • wildfires
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FRAMES Record Number: 38979
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13603
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: CAN D0C
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As the initial step in a study of forest fire cycles in the boreal forest of northwestern Ontario, four burned areas of different ages were briefly examined. This Report describes the present condition of the areas visited in terms of both forest cover and vegetation. Tentative hypotheses on the role of fire in this region of the boreal forest are put forward and several questions raised about the interactions among the main tree species. Apparently, in most cases the same dominant tree species return immediately after fire, implying that cycling by fire rather than succession is the basic mechanism in this forest. Proposed further work to complete this study is described and the hope expressed that similar studies will eventually be undertaken in other parts of Canada.

Methven, I. R., C. E. Van Wagner, and B. J. Stocks. 1975. The vegetation of four burned areas in northwestern Ontario. Information Report PS-X-60. Challe River, Ontario Canada, Petawawa Forest Experiment Station.