Natural revegetation of linear features following wildfire.
The federal recovery strategy for woodland caribou identifies wildfires within the last 40 years and anthropogenic disturbance visible at a scale of 1:50,000, including a 500-m buffer, as disturbed. Long-term vegetation recovery on linear features post-fire has not yet been documented. We examined vegetation recovery including stem density and height, visual obstruction, and reindeer lichen cover along 40+ year-old legacy linear features in Northern Saskatchewan, in both uplands and lowlands 1-41 years post-fire. We provide comparison to lines that were burnt and not burnt.
A manuscript is currently being prepared and will be submitted for publication.