Book Chapter

Regional Case Studies: Southeast Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Europe, and Boreal Canada: Case Study: The Ecology of Mixed-Severity Fire in Mountain Ash Forests

LE Berry, H Sitters, RW Abrams, P Heneberg, A Arsenault

The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix | Published : 2015


Mixed- and high-severity fires generate landscape heterogeneity associated with high levels of biological diversity in southeast Australia, sub-Saharan Africa, central Europe, and boreal forests of Canada. In southeast Australia, faunal diversity in mountain ash forests is associated with mixed severity that also includes fire refuges (unburned patches). In South Africa patch-mosaic burning is used to maintain habitat diversity in the low veld of the northeast and in the Western Cape, where people have largely coexisted with fire. Forest fires in central Europe serve as key, although uncommon, natural disturbances that create habitat mosaics for many rare invertebrates and vertebrates. Pulse..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers