Warrumbungle National Park after-fire vegetation recovery
Vegetation across Warrumbungle National Park has made a dramatic rebound since the devastating bushfires of January 2013. While evidence suggests that no Australian native plant species have been lost, the fires nevertheless triggered important changes in the abundance of many species. A vegetation project is working to document these changes for the future.
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The intention of this project is prediction: will the structure of the park’s vegetation ever resemble pre-fire conditions? For example, a focus on acacias, eucalypts, and native cypress pines already suggests that, for at least the next decade, the makeup and spread of these forests may be very different from what they were before the fire.
The project will also help park management determine what long-term impacts the fire has had on threatened plant species. This knowledge will help scientists plan for changes in management that might be required in the future.