Effects of silviculture treatments on vegetation after fire in Pinus halepensis Mill. woodlands (SE Spain)

  • Published source details De Las Heras J., González-Ochoa A., López-Serrano F. & Simarro M.E. (2004) Effects of silviculture treatments on vegetation after fire in Pinus halepensis Mill. woodlands (SE Spain). Annals of forest science, 61, 661-667.


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Thin trees after wildfire

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Forest Conservation
  1. Thin trees after wildfire

    A replicated, controlled study in 1994-2001 in a Mediterranean Aleppo pine Pinus halepensis forest in south east Spain (De Las Heras et al. 2004) found that thinning of five year old seedlings increased the number of plant species in one of two study sites but did not affect the total cover of shrubs. Two years after thinning, in one of the study sites the number of species in thinned (27) was higher than in control (21) plots, while in the other site numbers of species were similar (22 in both). Shrub cover was not affected by thinning at either site (control vs thinning: 85 vs 99%, 60 vs 60%, at each site respectively). Data were collected in June 2001 in three replicates of thinning (leaving a final density of 1,600 trees/ha) and control plots (10 × 15 m). Plots were established in August1999, at each of two sites that were burned by wildfire in August 1994.


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