The effects of prescribed burning on the fauna of the jarrah forest
Document Type: Book
Author(s): Wolfgang Schmidt; M. Mason
Publication Year: 1973

Cataloging Information

  • Acacia spp.
  • Antechinus flavipes
  • Australia
  • Banksia
  • birds
  • distribution
  • drainage
  • eucalyptus
  • fire hazard reduction
  • forest management
  • Isoodon obesulus
  • jarrah
  • mammals
  • marsupials
  • Melaleuca
  • Musanga cecropioides
  • overstory
  • population ecology
  • Pteridium
  • Rattus
  • reptiles
  • rivers
  • small mammals
  • swamps
  • trapping
  • understory vegetation
  • western Australia
  • wildfires
  • wildlife habitat management
  • Xanthorrhoea
  • International
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39254
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13894
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
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Preliminary studies in the northern jarrah forest of Western Australia indicate that the smaller mammals are concentrated in dense vegetation along drainage lines. The smallest animals, such as mardo, ship-rat, house-mouse and bandicoot can be caught most readily by box and Elliot traps. For larger animals, in particular quokka, snares appear to be most effective. Certain rarer animals, such as numbat and phascogale, known to occur within the area, have not been trapped so far. Trapping in a valley prior to and after a prescribed burn revealed that the main effet of the fire is a relative increase in the number of indigenous mardos in relation to the introduced ship-rat.

Schmidt, W., and M. Mason. 1973. The effects of prescribed burning on the fauna of the jarrah forest. Research Paper No. 11. Perth, Western Australia, Forests Department, Western Australia.