Fire and its interaction with ecological processes in box-ironbark forests

Bennett, A. F., Holland, G. J., Flanagan, A., Kelly, S. and Clarke, M. F. 2012, Fire and its interaction with ecological processes in box-ironbark forests, Proceedings of the royal society of Victoria, vol. 124, no. 1, pp. 72-78.

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Title Fire and its interaction with ecological processes in box-ironbark forests
Author(s) Bennett, A. F.
Holland, G. J.
Flanagan, A.
Kelly, S.
Clarke, M. F.
Journal name Proceedings of the royal society of Victoria
Volume number 124
Issue number 1
Start page 72
End page 78
Total pages 7
Publisher Royal Society of Victoria
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0035-9211
Keyword(s) planned burn
experimental management
landscape ecology
fire regime
Summary Box-Ironbark forests extend across a swathe of northern Victoria on the inland side of the Great Dividing Range. Although extensively cleared and modified, they support a distinctive suite of plants and animals. Historical fire regimes in this ecosystem are largely unknown, as are the effects of fire on most of the biota. However, knowledge of the ecological attributes of plant species has been used to determine minimum and maximum tolerable fire intervals for this ecosystem to guide current fire management. Here, we consider the potential effects of planned fire in the context of major ecological drivers of the current box-ironbark forests: namely, the climate and physical environment; historical land clearing and fragmentation; and extractive land uses. We outline an experimental management and research project based on application of planned burns in different seasons (autumn, spring) and at different levels of burn cover (patchy, extensive). A range of ecological attributes will be monitored before and after burns to provide better understanding of the landscape-scale effects of fire in box-ironbark forests. Such integration of management and research is essential to address the many knowledge gaps in fire ecology, particularly in the context of massively increased levels of planned burning currently being implemented in Victoria.
Language eng
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio Economic Objective 960906 Forest and Woodlands Land Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049315

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