Forest Phoenix: How a Great Forest Recovers After Wildfire by David Lindenmayer, David Blair, Lachlan McBurney, Sam Banks

By David Lindenmayer, David Blair, Lachlan McBurney, Sam Banks

This publication tells the tale of ecological wooded area restoration within the rainy forests of Victoria following the key wildfires of February 2009. It additionally specializes in the technology of ecological restoration – an immense physique of knowledge that isn't renowned or understood via nearly all of Australians and the majority of environmental coverage makers.

Forest Phoenix provides this crucial tale through brief enticing textual content and really superb photos, that are followed by way of hugely informative captions. If you’ve ever desired to higher know how forests and wooded area biodiversity get better after wildfire, then this publication is a must-read.

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Elevation, slope, aspect) • site characteristics such as soil type and levels of soil moisture. The biological legacies concept is critically important because it underscores the fact that natural disturbances, including severe ones like the 2009 Black Saturday wildfires, do not ‘wipe the slate clean’. Rather, what remains after a fire strongly influences the recovery of both plants and animals. This critical insight has major implications for how we manage the forests after wildfires, as we discuss in Chapter 4.

Eucalypts display striking variation in the types of epicormic growth as shown by several tree species found in the Central Highlands region, including Shining Gum (left), Swamp Gum and Long-leaved Box (top right), Narrow-leaved Peppermint (bottom right), and Messmate (opposite). 2 – After the fire – a forest recovers 37 38 Forest Phoenix A year in a fuzzy forest. This spectacular series of images shows the extent of epicormic development. The first image (top right) was taken a week after the 2009 fires.

Common Bracken Fern is a classic example of a plant species that resprouts from a rhizome. Lignotuberous growth A lignotuber is a woody swelling at the base of some species of plants that occurs either fully or partly underground. Lignotubers contain reserves of nutrients which assist a plant to recover if its above-ground parts are destroyed. A good example of this strategy is the understorey shrub Musk Daisy Bush, which can resprout after fire. Old-growth Daisy Bushes sometimes exceed 350 years old and have recovered after several fires.

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