Fire and amphibians in North America

  • Published source details Pilliod D.S., Bury R.B., Hyde E.J., Pearl C.A. & Corn P.S. (2003) Fire and amphibians in North America. Forest Ecology and Management, 178, 163-181.


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Use prescribed fire or modifications to burning regime in forests

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Amphibian Conservation
  1. Use prescribed fire or modifications to burning regime in forests

    A review in 2003 of the effects of prescribed fire on amphibians in North America (Pilliod et al. 2003) found that results were mixed. Four studies found that amphibian abundance or abundances of some species were lower in burned compared to unburned stands. One study found that abundance of certain species was higher following burning, two found mixed results depending on species and two found no significant differences between treatments. One of two studies found that species richness was greatest in 5–7 year burn cycles and the other found no difference between burned and unburned stands. The majority of studies focused on short-term responses (1–3 years post-burn), with only one of ten investigating longer-term effects (five years post-burn).


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