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The importance of forest floor disturbance in the early regeneration patterns of the boreal forest of western and central Quebec: a wildfire versus logging comparison
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): T. Nguyen-Xuan; Yves Bergeron; D. G. Simard; J. W. Fyles; David Paré
Publication Year: 2000

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Keyword(s):
  • Canada
  • clearcut
  • disturbance ecology
  • fire
  • lichen
  • logging
  • Quebec
  • regeneration
  • succession
  • vegetation composition
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Record Last Modified: April 5, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 4797

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The nonvascular (lichens and bryophytes) and vascular plant composition of the early regenerating vegetation present following wildfires and clear-cut logging has been compared separately in three areas of the black spruce (Picea mariana)/feathermoss (Pleurozium schreberi) forest of western and central Quebec. In each area, a detrended correspondence analysis successfully differentiated the burned and logged stands along the first ordination axis. This separation mainly resulted from the greater abundance of pioneer species or lichens after fire and the greater abundance of residual species after clear-cutting. Spearman's correlation coefficients were calculated to relate variables characterizing physical disturbance of the forest floor and general site conditions to the two first differentiating axes. Variables characterizing forest floor disturbance severity (mean duff depth, duff density and bulk density of upper mineral soil) were strongly associated with the first ordination axis in two of the study areas but not in the third. The interpretation of compositional differences in the light of plant reproductive strategies led to the identification of regeneration patterns that illustrated the influence of disturbance type and severity on post-disturbance vegetation composition. These results suggest that certain forestry practices such as careful logging with the protection of regeneration and soil, scarification, and prescribed burning may differ in their capability to address sustainable forest management issues.

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Nguyen-Xuan, T.; Bergeron, Yves; Simard, D.G.; Fyles, J.W.; Pare, David. 2000. The importance of forest floor disturbance in the early regeneration patterns of the boreal forest of western and central Quebec: a wildfire versus logging comparison. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 30(9):1353-1364.