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Vegetation dynamics in burnt areas

For several years the Park has been involved in the study of the vegetation dynamics in burned areas, paying attention in particular to the species about which there are not many data in the literature as regards this subject.

In collaboration with the University of L’Aquila, it has carried out an early research about the evolution of the vegetation, after the fire that in 2000 affected an important portion of the eastern area of the Majella massif. For this study they have installed 20 permanent squares, 3 of them in the mugo pine forest, an important species in terms of conservation and biogeography but about which they had not many information.

The investigation has shown, among other things: a quick colonization by annual species, especially in the lower altitudes; a good resilience of the plants of the high mountain grasslands; a worrisome slow recolonization by the mugo pine.
Since 2009 the technicians of the Park have been monitoring the dynamic evolution of vegetation in an area of a burnt beech-wood in the Roccamorice territory. To find more efficient operative modalities for analogous situations that can occur in the future, they have installed 8 squares in two different stations: 2 for the natural evolution, 2 where they have sowed forest and preforest species compatible in terms of ecology, 2 where they have planted individuals of the same species, 2 not burnt, used as evident.

Every year, for each square they notice the quality and the quantity of the floral community and all the woody individuals, about which they note their species, their height and their origin (from seed or shoot). The data collected and the investigations done are preliminary.      

Image of Burned area
Image of the Burned area in 2005
Image of the Burned area
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