Understorey plant regeneration after wildfire in the boreal borest of Northwestern Ontario / by Alexander J.A. Zeller.
Zeller, Alexander John A.
SubjectUnderstory plants Effect of fires on Ontario, Northwestern
Forest regeneration Effect of fires on Ontario, Northwestern
Understory plants Effect of wildfires on Ontario, Northwestern
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"The ecological patterns and processes of the boreal forest of northwestern Ontario are dominated by large-scale disturbances such as wildfire. These disturbances have the potential to control or affect the composition of the regenerating understorey vascular plant communities. This thesis examines vegetation regeneration in 'Picea mariana' (black spruce) dominant forests following a wildfire in the boreal forest of northwestern Ontario. The influence of burn intensity and pre-fire spruce composition on understorey species regeneration was examined, and modeled environmental gradients were created using a Geographic Information System (GIS) and remotely sensed imagery. Understorey species composition was sampled using randomly distributed total composition plot clusters within different spruce/bum [burn?] intensity classes.