Managing fire mosaics for small mammal conservation: a landscape perspective (pages 412–421)
Luke T. Kelly, Dale G. Nimmo, Lisa M. Spence-Bailey, Rick S. Taylor, Simon J. Watson, Michael F. Clarke and Andrew F. Bennett
Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02124.x
In fire-prone environments, habitat availability can change markedly over short time-scales. Sufficient habitat at a suitable seral stage within the landscape is a key requirement for species conservation. In mallee ecosystems, the retention of older vegetation is recommended to create more desirable fire mosaics for native small mammals. In addition to such spatial properties of mosaics that are amenable to manipulation, an understanding of how ecological processes affect the biota (such as variation in rainfall-driven productivity) is also essential for informed conservation management.