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Forest soils need many decades to recover from fires and logging
22 January 2019
A landmark study from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that forest soils need several decades to recover from bushfires and logging – much longer than previously thought.
Lead researcher Elle Bowd from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society said the team found forest soils recovered very slowly over many years from these events – up to 80 years following a bushfire and at least 30 years after logging.
“We discovered that both natural and human disturbances can have incredibly long-lasting effects on forest soils that could impact plant communities and ecosystem function,” said Ms Bowd, who is the lead author of the ANU team’s Nature Geoscience paper.