Post-wildfire recovery of forest understory plant communities – PNWSRM Webinar Series
Once again, BC Chapter offers a webinar series showcasing projects and case studies of young range management professionals and students in the PNW. Each 30 minute webinar will feature a 15 minute presentation followed by questions and discussions.
November 9, 2021
Post-wildfire recovery of forest understory plant communities
Sarah Dickson-Hoyle, Arial Eatherton and Lori D. Daniels
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia The record-breaking 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia caused significant impacts to forest ecosystems and the diversity of ecological, social and cultural values these ecosystems support. Since 2017, land-based recovery of these ‘mega-fires’ has focussed on rehabilitating disturbed soils, replanting burnt and salvaged forest stands, and managing the impacts of cattle on recovering forested rangelands. However, there is a limited understanding of the impacts of wildfires on forest understory plant communities, particularly in the dry forest ecosystems in southern and central interior BC. To better understand these impacts, since 2018 we have partnered with St’uxwtéws (Bonaparte First Nation) to monitor understory plant recovery across elevation gradients and fire severities throughout the 2017 ‘Elephant Hill’ fire area. In this presentation we will share preliminary findings from this collaborative research, as well as guidance to inform ongoing forest, range and fire management in BC.
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