Fuel moisture in Mountain Ash forests with contrasting fire histories
Jane G Cawson, Thomas J Duff, Kevin G Tolhurst, Craig C Baillie, Trent D Penman
FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017
Fuel moisture is a key driver of forest flammability as it influences ignition likelihood, fire intensity and resultant fire severity. Changes to forest canopy cover following disturbances like wildfire or logging may alter forest flammability by changing the microclimatic conditions that influence fine fuel moisture. Wet forests dominated by Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) are highly valued for their flora and fauna, timber, carbon and water. Wildfires are an important part of the lifecycle of these forests, but too frequent fire can threaten post-fire regeneration. With large tracts of Mountain Ash forest recovering from recent wildfires (in 2009 and 1983) there is a need to understand t..View full abstract
This research is part of a larger project titled "Managing bush fire in Tall Mist Forests fuel hazard and moisture relationships." The project was managed within the integrated Forest Ecosystem Research program, a research program conducted by the University of Melbourne and funded by the Victorian Government's Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DEWLP). We gratefully acknowledge the support received from DELWP, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water to conduct this research.