Fire and legacy effects of logging on understorey assemblages in wet-sclerophyll forests
Daniel J White, Peter A Vesk
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019
Wet sclerophyll forests of south-eastern Australia typically experience wildfire once or twice a century. However, disturbance regimes have changed drastically in recent decades due to clear-fell logging and altered fire regimes. To date, botanical research on disturbances in wet-forests has focussed on individual elements of disturbance regimes, such as intensity, at single points in time, largely neglecting past disturbance history. Studies of the impact of previous disturbance history on plant responses to successive disturbance events are important to our understanding of vegetation dynamics. Here we investigate the response of wet-forest understorey species to two important elements of ..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Taungurong people of the Kulin nation, the traditional custodians of the land upon which this study was undertaken. We are immensely grateful to Merrilyn Serong from Monash University for adding an essential dimension to this study through her generosity in sharing her field data collected in 2000-2001. Merrilyn also assisted in a pilot study and provided feedback on this manuscript. Thanks to Paul Bailey, for his useful comments on this paper, David Blair (Australian National University) and Andre Messina (Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne) for their botanical advice, and all volunteers who assisted in data collection. The project received funding from the Australian Research Council LP140100075.