Studies into anthropogenic disturbance and fire regimes on the vegetation of Star Swamp Bushland Reserve

Julian Patrick Pigott

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    [Truncated] A review of the literature examined other studies in Australia concerning the conservation and management of urban bushland. Aspects of anthropogenic disturbance and fire regimes, and resultant weed invasions are also reviewed. A description of the physical environment of the Star Swamp Bushland Reserve is provided, together with an introduction to the use of the GIS ARC/INFO in a number of the research projects.
    Anthropogenic disturbance and fire regimes for the Reserve are detailed for the period 1948-1987. Areas severely disturbed by over-grazing or clearing are mapped along with the Reserves extensive network of tracks and access points. Fire regimes have changed from widespread fires to a pattern of smaller ones. The average number of fires for the Reserve is calculated to be 8-9 over the study period. The average fire-free period at the reference sites is 4.5 years and the probability of a fire occurring after this time is predicted to be greater than 0.5.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 1994

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