Response of the post-fire bryophyte community to salvage logging in boreal mixedwood forests of northeastern Alberta, Canada

  • Published source details Bradbury S. (2006) Response of the post-fire bryophyte community to salvage logging in boreal mixedwood forests of northeastern Alberta, Canada. Forest ecology and management, 234, 313-322.


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Thin trees after wildfire

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Forest Conservation
  1. Thin trees after wildfire

    A replicated, paired-sites study in 2002-2004 in boreal mixed-wood forest in Alberta, Canada (Bradbury 2006) found that logging after wildfire decreased species richness and diversity of bryophytes. On burned wood substrate in the first and second years after fire, numbers of species were higher in unlogged (2.6 and 4.6 respectively) than in logged areas (1.6 and 2.6 respectively). Species diversity was higher in unlogged (Shannon’s index of diversity index: 0.79 and 1.26 respectively) than in logged areas (0.51 and 0.88 respectively). On scorched soil substrate in the first year the number of species and diversity were higher in unlogged (4.6 and 1.36 respectively) than logged areas (3.4 and 1.08 respectively). In the second year results were similar for both number of species: 4.9; diversity: 1.47) and unlogged areas (species: 5.0; diversity: 1.46). Logged and unlogged treatments were applied in each of 24 landscape units of 625 ha in an area burned by wildfire in 2002. Bryophytes were sampled in 72 plots within each treatment in 2003 and 2004.


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