Vegetation Regeneration around Burned Trees, Stumps and Logs shown through Species Diversity and Richness in Slash

Bust Sites, 2009

Logs (5) Stumps (47) Trees (105)

Species Diversity 4.20 2.42 1.47

Species Richness 57.60 22.04 8.08

During a forest fire approximately 8-10% of the heat generated is radiated downward to the forest floor (A. C., Cilimburg, and Short. K. C., 2005). Extensive soil heating takes time and is most likely to occur beneath heavy fuels, like large-diameter tree stumps and logs, which can smolder for days or weeks. In general, an enduring, low-intensity fire in logging slash will have more severe effects on forest soil than a fire that burns more intensely but rapidly…through tree crowns (A. C., Cilimburg, and Short. K. C., 2005). Recovery to pre-fire conditions may take only as long as necessary for soil biota to reestablish and surface organic matter to reaccumulate. In the meantime, the physical, chemical, and biological changes in forest soil will be

manifest in post-fire plant establishment and growth (A. C., Cilimburg, and Short. K. C., 2005).

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