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Title: Monitoring post-fire forest regeneration of Pinus brutia in North Lebanon
Authors: Halabi, Amira El
Mitri, George 
Jazi, Mireille
Affiliations: Institute of Environment 
Keywords: Forest fires
Post-fire natural regeneration
Pinus brutia
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
Part of: Advances in Forest Fire research
Start page: 564
End page: 568
Conference: International Conference on Forest Fire Research (7th : 17-20 November 2014 : Coimbra, Portugal) 
Forest fires represent a major threat to Lebanons forests. More precisely, Pinus brutia forests, which occupy relatively large areas in Lebanon, are affected by frequent fire events. Lebanons National Strategy for forest fire management highlighted the need to facilitate natural forest regeneration and undertake reforestation activities in areas where regeneration is not possible. Accordingly, this study aimed at assessing post-fire regeneration of Pinus brutia in the Mediterranean region of North Lebanon. A total of 540 samples of 1x1m² were collected on 18 different sites affected by fires throughout the past 20 years. The density of seedling regeneration was calculated for each plot. The highest regeneration density (10.33 seedlings/m²) was observed on plots that were sampled one year after fire. The regeneration density decreased by 68% on plots sampled four years after fire when compared to plots sampled one year after fire. Also, the plots that were sampled five years after fire showed a 93.8% decrease in regeneration density. This continuous could be attributed to a high mortality rate due to prevailing severe weather conditions and human disturbances. The results highlighted the need to implement efficient post-fire management measures within the first four years after a fire event to decrease the mortality rate of young pine seedlings and to assist in the successful recovery of fire affected sites.
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Type: Conference Paper
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