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Individual study: The effect of long‐term repeated burning and fire exclusion on above‐and below‐ground Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) forest vegetation assemblages

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Lewis T., Reif M., Prendergast E. & Tran C. (2012) The effect of long‐term repeated burning and fire exclusion on above‐and below‐ground Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) forest vegetation assemblages. Austral Ecology, 37, 767-778


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Use prescribed fire: effect on understory plants Forest Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in 2001-2005 in temperate eucalyptus forest in Queensland, Australia (Lewis et al. 2012) found that prescribed fire increased plant density and species richness. The density of <1 m tall native plants (burned: 13; unburned: 9 individuals/6 m2), ferns (burned: 2-3; unburned: 2) and resprouters (burned: 12-13; unburned: 9) and of 1-3 m tall native plants (burned: 3; unburned: 2) and resprouters (burned: 3; unburned: 2) was higher in burned than unburned plots. The density of other <7.5 m tall plant groups examined was not affected by burning. Data were collected in 2009 in three subplots (6 × 1 m) in each of four burned (prescribed burn with 2 or 4 year intervals since 1971) and two control (no fires since 1969) 0.08 ha plots.