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Coordination through databases can improve prescribed burning as a conservation tool to promote forest biodiversity
Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Ecol, Box 7044, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Ecol, Box 7044, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Plant Ecology and Evolution.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3632-9102
2018 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 47, no 3, p. 298-306Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prescribed fires are a common nature conservation practice. They are executed by several parties with limited coordination among them, and little consideration for wildfire occurrences and habitat requirements of fire-dependent species. Here, we gathered data on prescribed fires and wildfires in Sweden during 2011-2015 to (i) evaluate the importance and spatial extent of prescribed fires compared to wildfires and (ii) illustrate how a database can be used as a management tool for prescribed fires. We found that on average only 0.006% (prescribed 65%, wildfires 35%) of the Swedish forest burns per year, with 58% of the prescribed fires occurring on clearcuts. Also, both wildfires and prescribed fires seem to be important for the survival of fire-dependent species. A national fire database would simplify coordination and make planning and evaluation of prescribed fires more efficient. We propose an adaptive management strategy to improve the outcome of prescribed fires.

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2018. Vol. 47, no 3, p. 298-306
Keywords [en]
Boreal, Fire-dependent species, Forest management, Geranium lanuginosum, Prescribed burning, Stephanopachys substriatus
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Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-373255DOI: 10.1007/s13280-017-0987-6ISI: 000427846800004PubMedID: 29127668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-373255DiVA, id: diva2:1278075
Available from: 2019-01-11 Created: 2019-01-11 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved

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