Fire, water, and the box-ironbark forest
Australian blogger and vegetation ecologist Ian Lunt muses about the features that make a forest tick. How important are rain and flames in influencing how ironbark forests function in Southeast Australia? As global warming intensifies, it will be increasingly important to help these forests retain every drop of water they can, he suggests.
Even though my own home forest in the northeastern United States is very different, I was struck by Ian’s lead-in questions: “Which ecological process has the biggest impact on how your ecosystem changes over time?” And: “What if you’re wrong?” Do take the time to read this important think-piece.
Posted on January 22, 2012, in Climate change, Conservation, Fire, Philosophy, Soil and tagged arid lands ecology, Australia, box-ironbark, coarse woody debris, fire ecology, Victoria, water availability. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.