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Individual study: Following a prescribed fire, macroinvertebrates, amphibians, fish, periphytons and riparian and stream habitats were similar to unburned streams in western USA

Published source details

Arkle R.S. & Pilliod D.S. (2010) Prescribed fires as ecological surrogates for wildfires: a stream and riparian perspective. Forest Ecology and Management, 259, 893-903

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Use prescribed fire or modifications to burning regime in forests Amphibian Conservation

A controlled, before-and-after study in 2001–2006 of ponderosa pine forest in Idaho, USA (Arkle & Pilliod 2010) found that a prescribed fire had no significant effect on the density of rocky tailed frog tadpoles Ascaphus montanus. During the study, the density of tadpoles decreased by 50% in both burned (pre-burn: 2.3; post-burn: 1.1/m2) and unburned catchments (pre: 2.7; post: 1.6). A prescribed burn was undertaken in May 2004 and burned 12% of one catchment. Four nearby unburned catchments were monitored for comparison. Tadpoles were monitored using kick-sampling in 30 transects (1 m wide) per stream in 2001–2006.