Effect of prescribed burning on the flora and fauna of south west Australian forests
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): P. E. Chritensen; P. C. Kimber
Editor(s): J. Kikawa; H. A. Nix
Publication Year: 1975

Cataloging Information

  • Acacia pulchella
  • Australia
  • birds
  • Bossiaea laidlawiana
  • community ecology
  • cover
  • crown scorch
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • Eucalyptus calophylla
  • Eucalyptus marginata
  • fire exclusion
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • germination
  • mammals
  • overstory
  • post fire recovery
  • Pteridium aquilinum
  • regeneration
  • sclerophyll forests
  • seedlings
  • shrubs
  • small mammals
  • statistical analysis
  • succession
  • Trymalium spathulatum
  • understory vegetation
  • western Australia
  • International
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39195
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13831
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text ... 'The effects of fire on vegetation, and some small mammals, macropods and birds in wet and dry sclerophyll forests were studied. Regeneration after fire was primarily from soil-stored seed in wet sclerophyll forest and from subterranean rootstocks in dry sclerophyll forest. Soil-stored seed apparently occurred in dry sclerophyll forest, but fire in this community is rarely intense enough to promote germination. Temporary removal of vegetation cover by fire resulted in the disappearance of the small mammals. Recolonisation took place when vegetation recovery had commenced. Less disturbance was evident for macropods. Birds showed surprisingly small changes following fire with a tendency for populations to increase to above pre-fire levels in the first or second year after burning.' © The Ecological Society of Australia.

Chritensen, P. E., and P. C. Kimber. 1975. Effect of prescribed burning on the flora and fauna of south west Australian forests, in Kikawa, J. and Nix, H. A., Managing terrestrial ecosystems: Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia. Brisbane, Australia. Ecological Society of Australia,Brisbane, Australia. 9, p. 85-106,Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia vol. 9.