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Prescribed fire and cutting as tools for reducing woody plant succession in a created salt marsh

Wetlands Ecology and Management

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DOI: 10.1007/s11273-007-9039-5

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Abstract

This paper reports on efforts to reduce woody successional growth by the native shrub Iva frutescens L. in a created salt marsh by using prescribed fire and cutting. Experimental treatments included a winter burn, cutting plants at ground level, and a combination burn-and-cut treatment, with replicate plots of each. Iva frutescens proved to be extremely hardy, with zero mortality following the cutting, burning, or combination treatment; similar levels of regrowth were observed for all treatments. Individual shrub response, however, was found to be related to initial plant size, ground water level and salinity, and two fire characteristics (total heating >60??C and total heat index >60??C). Fire severity, sediment nutrient concentrations, and other abiotic factors had no observable effects. ?? 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Prescribed fire and cutting as tools for reducing woody plant succession in a created salt marsh
Series title:
Wetlands Ecology and Management
DOI:
10.1007/s11273-007-9039-5
Volume
15
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Wetlands Ecology and Management
First page:
405
Last page:
416