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Assessment using TerrSet geovisualisation of the temporal and spatial effectiveness of the prescribed burn program in re-establishing the oak savannah habitat at the Pinery Provincial Park

dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-17T14:10:22Z
dc.date.available2022-05-17T14:10:22Z
dc.date.created2022
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.urihttps://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/4918
dc.description.abstractOak savannah is a plant community of widely spaced deciduous trees with a canopy cover of between 25 to 35%, allowing grasses and other ground cover vegetation to thrive, providing habitats for numerous plant and animal species, including many endangered species. Historically, oak savannah covered large areas across North America but only 1% of these habitats still remain. Today, almost half of the oak savannah habitat in North America is found at the Pinery Provincial Park in Southern Ontario, but this has been threatened due to fire suppression, overgrazing and pine planting. Programs have been developed to re-establish the oak savannah at the Pinery, using a combination of deer population control, pine removal and prescribed burns. This thesis uses field observations together with TerrSet geovisualisation tools, satellite photographic records, and field mapping data to assess the temporal and spatial effectiveness of the programs to re-establish the oak savannah at the Pinery, and it makes future projections out to 2032. The results indicate that the oak savannah at the Pinery has been recovering since 2007, but forward projection indicates this may decline by 2032 unless a more intensive and frequent program of prescribed burns is adopted.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectMottled duskywingen_US
dc.subjectOak savannahen_US
dc.subjectPinery Provincial Parken_US
dc.subjectPrescribed burnsen_US
dc.subjectTerrSet geovisualisation toolsen_US
dc.subjectNew Jersey teaen_US
dc.titleAssessment using TerrSet geovisualisation of the temporal and spatial effectiveness of the prescribed burn program in re-establishing the oak savannah habitat at the Pinery Provincial Parken_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameHonours Bachelor of Environmental Managementen_US
etd.degree.levelBacheloren_US
etd.degree.disciplineNatural Resources Managementen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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