To describe factors influencing the recovery of alpine ash and mountain ash forests after extensive, severe bushfires, and derive guidelines for implementing recovery programs.
Type of Study:
Observational; pre-existing contrasts and interventions.
Success of natural regeneration depends on seed crops on trees, and severity of the fire. Natural regeneration was successful after the 2003 and the 2009 bushfires, but not the 2006/07 fires.
Recovery programs require strategic seed-crop assessments, seedbed assessments, seed collection and management and in some cases, aerial sowing.
Response variable :
Fagg P., Lutze M., Slijkerman C., Ryan M. & Bassett O. (2013) Silvicultural recovery in ash forests following three recent large bushfires in Victoria. Australian Forestry 76, 140-55.