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Individual study: Effects on breeding-bird populations of prescribed burning to restore mixed-oak communities in Wayne National Forest and the Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest, Ohio, USA

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Artman V.L., Sutherland E.K. & Downhower J.F. (2001) Prescribed burning to restore mixed-oak communities in southern Ohio: effects on breeding-bird populations. Conservation Biology, 15, 1423-1434


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Use prescribed burning on deciduous forests Bird Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in Wayne National Forest and Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest, Ohio, USA (Artman et al. 2001), found that overall, there were no differences in breeding bird community composition in areas of forest under early spring burning compared to unburned areas, although species responses varied. Four areas dominated by oak Quercus spp. and hickory Carya spp. were each divided into three treatment units of 20-30 ha: unburned; burned 4-years in a row (1996-1999); and burned twice (1996 and 1999). Burning reduced habitat suitability for ground- and low-shrub nesting birds: some species declined in response to repeated burning. Conditions for ground- and aerial-foraging species appeared improved by burning.