Journal article

Shifting States, Altered Fates: Divergent Fuel Moisture Responses after High Frequency Wildfire in an Obligate Seeder Eucalypt Forest

Jamie Burton, Jane Cawson, Philip Noske, Gary Sheridan

FORESTS | MDPI | Published : 2019

Abstract

High frequency wildfires can shift the structure and composition of obligate seeder forests and initiate replacement with alternative vegetation states. In some forests, the alternative stable state is drier and more easily burned by subsequent fires, driving a positive feedback that promotes further wildfire and perpetuates alternative stable states. Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans (F.Muell.)) forests are highly valued for their biodiversity, water, timber and carbon. Fires are a natural part of the lifecycle of these forests, but too frequent fires can eliminate Mountain Ash and trigger a transition to lower stature, non-eucalypt forests which are dominated by understorey species. This st..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by Melbourne Water grant number GL094595 and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) grant number GL094592 and the APC was funded by GL094595.