Canadian Forest Service Publications
Influence of wildfire and harvesting on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate drift patterns in boreal headwater streams. 2019. Musetta-Lambert, J.; Kreutzweiser, D.; Sibley, P. Hydrobiologia 834: 27-45.
Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 39647
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The study is a continuation of the research project at White River investigating the characteristics and outcomes of natural disturbance (fire) in boreal forest watersheds in order to improve riparian forest management practices that emulate natural disturbance under the END management paradigm. This study examined an additional biological assessment endpoint, drifting invertebrates in streams, as an indicator of the ecological influences of natural disturbance on aquatic systems. The results show that even a decade after wildfire, stream attributes in fire-disturbed catchments are distinct from non-disturbed, thereby setting ecological targets and benchmarks for applying END principles to catchment and riparian harvesting. As far as can be determined from the literature, this is the first study of this kind in boreal forest settings.