Journal article

Aboveground forest carbon shows different responses to fire frequency in harvested and unharvested forests

Luke Collins, Ross Bradstock, Fabiano Ximenes, Bronwyn Horsey, Robert Sawyer, Trent Penman



Sequestration of carbon in forest ecosystems has been identified as an effective strategy to help mitigate the effects of global climate change. Prescribed burning and timber harvesting are two common, co-occurring, forest management practices that may alter forest carbon pools. Prescribed burning for forest management, such as wildfire risk reduction, may shorten inter-fire intervals and potentially reduce carbon stocks. Timber harvesting may further increase the susceptibility of forest carbon to losses in response to frequent burning regimes by redistributing carbon stocks from the live pools into the dead pools, causing mechanical damage to retained trees and shifting the demography of t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding came from the Australian Government via the former Federal Department of Energy Efficiency and Climate Change. Luke Collins undertook this work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Salary for Trent Penman was provided by the NSW Rural Fire Service. We would like to thank Michael Mclean (NSW Department of Primary Industries; NSW Forest Science) for his assistance with fieldwork. The manuscript was greatly improved by the comments from several anonymous reviewers.