Herbaceous succession after burning of cut western juniper trees

  • Published source details Bates J.D. & Svejcar T.J. (2009) Herbaceous succession after burning of cut western juniper trees. Western North American Naturalist, 69, 9-25.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Cut trees and use prescribed burning

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Shrubland and Heathland Conservation
  1. Cut trees and use prescribed burning

    A replicated, before-and-after trial in 1997–2006 at a sagebrush steppe site in Oregon, USA (Bates & Svejcar 2009) found that cutting and burning of western juniper Juniperus occidentalis trees followed by prescribed burning increased the cover of herbaceous plants. After nine years, herbaceous plant cover was higher after cutting and burning (29%) than before cutting and burning (6%). In ten 0.5 ha plots all western juniper trees were cut using chainsaws and then burned. Herbaceous plant cover was estimated before cutting and burning and then after burning in 1998–2001 and 2006 using ten randomly located 0.2 m2 quadrats in each 0.5 ha plot.

    (Summarised by: Phil Martin)

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