Study

Controlled burning of pine woodland resulted in increased abundance of reptiles but not amphibians in Arkansas, USA

  • Published source details Perry R.W., Rudolph D.C. & Thill R.E. (2009) Reptile and amphibian responses to restoration of fire-maintained pine woodlands. Restoration Ecology, 17, 917-927

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

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 replicated, site comparison study in 1999–2001 of pine woodland in western Arkansas, USA (Perry, Rudolph & Thill 2009) found that controlled burning did not affect amphibian species abundance. There was no significant difference between numbers of captures in burned and unburned plots for all amphibians (73 vs 59), all frogs and toads (71 vs 55), individual species or salamanders (2 vs 4). The most abundantly caught species, the western slimy salamander Plethodon albagula, was captured almost exclusively in unmanaged woodland (28 of 29 captures). Nine plots (11–42 ha) that had been thinned (1980–1990) and then burned at least three times at 3–5-year intervals were sampled. These were compared to three unmanaged, unburned plots. Controlled fires were in March–April. Three drift-fence arrays with pitfall and box traps were established/plot. Traps were checked weekly in April-September 1999–2001.

     

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