Reptile abundance was greater and amphibian abundance similar following prescribed burns in shelterwood harvested oak forests in Virginia

  • Published source details Keyser P.D., Sausville D.J., Ford W.M., Schwab D.J. & Brose P.H. (2004) Prescribed fire impacts to amphibians and reptiles in shelterwood-harvested oak-dominated forests. Virginia Journal of Science, 55, 159-168


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Use prescribed fire or modifications to burning regime in forests

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

    A randomized, replicated, controlled study in 1995–1996 of shelterwood-harvested oak stands in Virginia, USA (Keyser et al. 2004) found that prescribed burns did not affect amphibian abundance or species richness. There were no significant differences in relative abundances between burned and unburned sites for all amphibians (burned: 10–15; unburned: 6), eastern red-backed salamanders Plethodon cinereus (7–11 vs 3) or American toads Bufo americanus (3 vs 2). Amphibian species richness did not differ significantly between burned and unburned sites (2–3 vs 5). Three replicates (2–5 ha) of four randomly assigned treatments were applied in 1995: burning in February, April or August, or unburned. Three uncut reference sites were also monitored. Amphibians were monitored using pitfall traps (20/site) for 53 nights in June, July and October 1996.


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