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dc.contributor.authorJeffery, Kathryn Jane-
dc.contributor.authorKorte, Lisa-
dc.contributor.authorPalla, Florence-
dc.contributor.authorWalters, Gretchen M-
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Lee-
dc.contributor.authorAbernethy, Katharine-
dc.description.abstractA key management goal in Lopé National Park, Gabon, is to protect regionally-rare savannah ecosystems within the continuous rainforest block. In order to evaluate the impact of existing protection efforts, data on burning season environmental conditions, burning effort and current woody values for savannahs were examined between 1995 and 2008. Results showed (a) spatial heterogeneity in woody values to be correlated with grassy vegetation type (b) a negative relationship between woody vegetation and fire return frequency over the study, suggesting that decreased fire return frequency may favour savannah thickening and (c) that inconsistent burn effort by Park staff, and burns designed for reduced heat, may limit the efficiency of fire to prevent savannah thickening or forest expansion. Optimal humidity and fuel moisture conditions for burning are identified and recommendations made for improving the existing fire plan to achieve the management goal. Modifications will require significant investment of resources and training and require urgent experimental work to disentangle the direct impacts of fire from other processes of vegetation change. Lopé's fire policy should ultimately be a dynamic response to change in the local landscape driven by direct fire impacts or by global climate change.en_UK
dc.publisherInternational Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources-
dc.relationJeffery KJ, Korte L, Palla F, Walters GM, White L & Abernethy K (2014) Fire management in a changing landscape: a case study from Lopé National Park, Gabon, PARKS. The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation, 20 (1), pp. 39-52.-
dc.rights© 2014 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Reproduction of this publication for educational or other non-commercial purposes is authorized without prior written permission from the copyright holder provided the source is fully acknowledged.-
dc.subjectfire managementen_UK
dc.subjectsavannah ecosystemsen_UK
dc.subjectLopé National Parken_UK
dc.titleFire management in a changing landscape: a case study from Lopé National Park, Gabonen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitlePARKS. The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation-
dc.type.statusPublisher version (final published refereed version)-
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciences-
dc.contributor.affiliationSmithsonian National Zoological Park-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Paris 6 (Pierre and Marie Curie University)-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College London-
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciences-
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciences-
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