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The General Effects of Fire on Wildlife Abstract Fire is an important part of many ecosystems and helps maintain the condition of habitats for wildlife The effect of fire depends upon many factors varying from the type of wildlife to their different habitats Fire affects ungulates through positive but often short-lived improvements in diets by allowing ungulates to consume new plant growth Fire mediates species interactions thereby reducing conflict Birds are often positively benefited or unaffected by fire in the short-term The beneficial role of fire on terrestrial ecosystems is contrary to the negative impact of fire on aquatic ecosystems The long term effect of fire on wildlife is the maintenance of feeding areas by preventing succession of a habitat to its top state INTRODUCTION Fire is an important part of many ecosystems affecting wildlife populations in various ways such as by changing habitat affecting food supply or quality or by altering interactions of species Fire suppression has allowed forested areas to achieve a climax state which provides less forage for wildlife While terrestrial wildlife is benefited by fire aquatic ecosystems are negatively impacted by large fires through the increase in sediment flow Fire is essential in maintaining biological diversity in the Northern Rocky Mountain forests NEGATIVE EFFECTS - AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS Contrary to the beneficial impacts of fire on terrestrial wildlife aquatic ecosystems are negatively affected such as the decrease in fish populations by fire In the North Fork Shoshone River adjacent to Yellowstone National Park fish died from increased sediment flow during a heavy rainstorm two years after the canyon had burned Armbruster 1996 Fish are sensitive to sediment both in concentration and length of exposure When fire clears vegetation on slopes surrounding a river runoff from rainstorms carries sediment into the river killing portions of the fish population by obstruction of the gills REGROWTH After a fire it takes many years for all trees and shrubs to grow
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