research product . 2020

Peatland vegetation response post-fire in a changing climate

Newton, Chris;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2020
  • Country: Canada
Abstract
Peatland communities in western Canada have slowly developed over thousands of years with wildfires being a constant influence on these systems. As fires move through mature peatland communities, the aftermath is an open landscape where pioneer peatland species establish and develop. The open landscape supports the growth of successional species to create a mature forest, which is then ready for the fire interval cycle to continue. Fire cycles have been a constant on the landscape with little disruption; however, as climate change in western Canada has altered precipitation and temperature regimes, typical vegetation succession patterns that establish after peat...
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free text keywords: Chisholm, Climate Change, Peatland, Succession, treed fen, Wildfire
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