A Guide For Fire Regimes And Management Practices

1737 Words Oct 19th, 2014 7 Pages
Introduction
Fire is a natural part of most temperate forest ecosystems, and has a large influence on the productivity and biotic composition of the ecosystem. Prescribed fire has long been used as a tool for forest management throughout Australia, and elsewhere around the world, to maintain or restore species and habitat, to enhance post-logging recovery, and to reduce fuel loads and associated wildfire hazards (Bennett et al. 2013; Spies et al. 2012). While fire is commonly used for management purposes, the level of influence it may have on the components of the ecosystem is poorly understood. Fire often occurs at a landscape scale, but may influence many levels of ecosystem organisation, including microhabitats, which can have important implications for species survival and co- existence (Williams et al. 1994). The use of historical data to develop a guide for fire regimes and management practices assumes that the native species within the region have adapted to these historical regimes, therefore efforts to retain or restore whole community assemblages and ecosystem processes should be based on providing as many of the elements of the historical disturbance regime as possible (Spies et al. 2012). Although some historical disturbances are known, it is still difficult to create an effective management plan that incorporates all the requirements of the organisms within the ecosystem. The primary reason for prescribed burning is to minimise the impact of major bushfires on…
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