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Floristic structure, composition and depth of edge influence at buffer and wildfire edges along small boreal streams

dc.contributor.advisorMallik, Azim
dc.contributor.authorBraithwaite , Nicholas T.
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-19T20:11:07Z
dc.date.available2011-07-19T20:11:07Z
dc.date.created2009
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/106
dc.description.abstractWithin the boreal forest of northwestern Ontario clearcutting and fire are the most common edge-creating disturbances. Along streams, wild fire consumes the majority of trees to the edge of riparian zones. However, forest management relies on the retention of 30 to 70 m treed buffer reserves beside streams following harvesting. Fundamental knowledge regarding how buffer and fire edges compare near shoreline forests is lacking. The development of sustainable forest management strategies that emulate natural disturbances relies upon such information. The objective of this thesis was to examine and compare the edge influences on overstory structure, near ground microclimate and understory species composition at buffer and wild fire edges adjacent to small streams in northwestern Ontario.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectBuffer zones (Ecosystem management)en_US
dc.subjectOntario, Northwesternen_US
dc.subjectVegetation dynamicsen_US
dc.subjectPlant communitiesen_US
dc.subjectWildfiresen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental aspectsen_US
dc.subjectForest firesen_US
dc.subjectLoggingen_US
dc.titleFloristic structure, composition and depth of edge influence at buffer and wildfire edges along small boreal streamsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Science
etd.degree.levelMasteren_US
etd.degree.disciplineBiologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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