Fire in the foothills

A typical scene in the foothill forests of Victoria. In the morning
mist this patch of woodland doesn’t look particularly fire prone but the
blackened trunks, open canopy and epicormics buds (leaves sprouting
from the main tree stem) suggest a major fire has passed through here
recently. Indeed, this image was captured some 15 months after large
wildfires seared parts of central Victoria. The foothill forests cover a
wide range of environmental conditions. How do you manage for fire in
such situations? (Photo by Steve Leonard)

Fire in the foothills

Fire regimes and environmental gradients shape the distribution of forest wildlife KEY MESSAGES: Important insights can be gained by modeling how fire regimes, not just fire events, influence biota in forests Management of fire regimes needs to be complemented by an understanding of the underlying environmental gradients and key elements of habitat structure that influence […]

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Restoring the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Forest restoration enhances the provision of many ecosystem services, is an important tool for combating climate change and helps protect biodiversity. In a recent issue of Applied Vegetation Science, Leticia Garcia and coauthors (including CEED’s Richard Hobbs) examined restoration outcomes in the Atlantic Forest area in Brazil. They show that simply planting trees is insufficient […]

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An adult male orangutan in a Kalimantan oil-palm plantation, now an
endangered species. (Photo by Nardiyono)

Prioritising restoration in Kalimantan

Mention Indonesia and images of soaring rainforests and orangutans come to mind. But the reality is quite different. Over 63% of Indonesia’s forest estate is currently deforested or degraded (that’s around 83 million hectares), and many of its iconic species such as the orangutan and proboscis monkeys are endangered. And the deforestation marches on. In 2012 Indonesia broke the record for clearing tropical forest. The choking haze from burning forest and peatland has blanketed South East Asia many times in recent years, and awareness of the economic and health hazards associated with this is growing.

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A patch of remnant woodland in a sea of pines. New research is
suggesting the pine trees do not facilitate the movement of birds
from patch to patch.

Pine fiction

Measuring connectivity in plantations Forest plantations are everywhere. You’ll find them in almost every vegetated country in the world. They cover a surprisingly large portion of our planet – some 260 million hectares, corresponding to 7% of global forest cover. And their size is increasing at an impressive rate: according to the Food and Agriculture […]

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