27 Sep '11, 1am

#rainforest Restoring tropical forests by keeping fire far away: Mongabay

#rainforest Restoring tropical forests by keeping fire far away: Mongabay

Restoring tropical forests by keeping fire far away Jeremy Hance mongabay.com September 26, 2011 Keeping fire at bay could be key to reforesting abandoned land in the tropics, according to a new study in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science . Measuring the recovery of regenerating forests in Kibale National Park in Uganda, the study found that suppressing fire allowed the forest to come back over a period of decades. Given the role rainforests play in sequestering carbon and safeguarding biodiversity, the study argues that reforesting abandoned land in the tropics should be a global policy and controlling fire may be an simple and largely inexpensive method to achieve the goal. Unlike in temperate forests, fire is not a common occurrence in tropical forests. However, human-started fires have become commonplace in many tropical regions, destroyin...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0926-hance_tcs_fire_kibale....

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