The Ecological Effects of Slashburning with Particular Reference to British Columbia: A Literature Review
This publication presents a review of slashburning literature with particular reference to British Columbia. Burning is one of several methods available for reducing slash left after logging operations. Slash reduction may be desirable for fire hazard abatement and/or silvicultural purposes. Literature reviewed covers the effects of slashburning on:
2) regeneration and growth of tree species;
4) aquatic ecosystems, and
5) the atmosphere.
The report concludes that different forest ecosystems will respond to a given slashburning treatment in different ways depending on the characteristics of the ecosystem. The effects of slashburning on a given ecosystem will vary according to climatic conditions prior to, during, and after burning, and the intensity of the burn. The ecosystems subjected to slashburning, and the slash fires themselves, have often been poorly characterized.
Copies of Land Management Report No. 13, "The Ecological Effects of Slashburning with Particular Reference to British Columbia: A Literature Review" by M.C. Feller are available from: Information Services Branch, B.C. Ministry of Forests, 1450 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 3E7.
[Abstract contains full text of memo.]
BC Forest Service - Research Division. 1982. The Ecological Effects of Slashburning with Particular Reference to British Columbia: A Literature Review. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Research Memo (FLNRORD). RM58
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: FLNRORD, Research Memo, British Columbia
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