The population of scattered trees is a crucial

The population of scattered trees is a crucial element forbiodiversity in landscapes worldwide. Unfortunately their decline has beengradually increasing, resulting in negative consequences for their surrounding environment.The most evident and powerful force behind this decline has been wildfires andthis paper’s intent is to compare and examine the effects of wildfires onnumerous observational plots to make a concrete conclusion that highlights thestark impact these wildfires are contributing to.

             The negative consequences resultingfrom wildfires in agricultural land seem endless; from their destructive natureof homes, wildlife habitat and timber to their release of carbon dioxide in theair- their unfortunate effects are still somehow overlooked and seem to be onlyperpetuating more. Although one may not realize how harmful this loss ofbiodiversity can be to the ecosystem and global climate, the results obtainedfrom this research illuminate the damage we should be aware of andacknowledging as so to lower and eventually end the removal of one of the mostvaluable structures in our environment. To determine the exact effects ofwildfires researchers observed scattered trees under two differentcircumstances; one circumstance consisted of an observational plot wherescattered trees were exposed to fire and another observational plot where thepresence of fire was nonexistent. The study was conducted and completed in thesouthern part of New South Wales. The fire seasons between five years of 2005to 2010 were examined in this study and are where the twelve wildfires occurred.  Since 2005 there have been powerful andconsistent wildfires each year in just the south-western slopes alone. Almostevery year, as of 2005, consisted of multiple wildfires burning up to 24,285 haof land.

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With every wildfire we suffer not only an enormous loss of thepopulation of these scattered trees but also eliminate copious amounts of biodiversityin these landscapes. The scattered tree population difference within theobservational plots in areas affected by wildfire versus those outside theaffected areas were disappointing but expected nonetheless. The scattered treeswere each physically located and marked as point objects and the total quantityof objects  inside each plot wascalculated. This technique for checking scattered trees has previously beenproven to be quite precise. The tools used to indicate the results throughoutthe experiment were the GIS (geographical information systems) software andsatellite imagery retrieved through a SPOT 5. These instruments revealed the differencein number of scattered trees in both the fire affected and observational plotsand controlled non affected observational plots. Another consequence of thewildfires that was tested was its effect on woody vegetation described as bundlesof patches of vegetation and scraps of trees.

 In statistical terms, observationalplots with fire exposure lost 19.9% of the scattered tree population andconsolidated woody vegetation rose by 2.3% from 2005-2011. Meanwhile, in the control observational plots(i.e.

those with no fire exposure) the population growth rate of the scatteredtrees increased by 5.3% as so did the consolidated woody vegetation whichincreased by 22.5% over the six year testing period. There are many aspects thattrigger scattered tree’s susceptibility to wildfires such as their prolongedstate of existence that cause decay, voids and dead substances. Their generalstate is weak and vulnerable, due to agricultural induced stress,  with very little resilience against abrasive conditions,specifically.

   Although this specific study’s data correlates to thenotion that wildfires have an immense and negative impact on biodiversity mustkeep in my mind that not every other research may not parallel this date andtheory. Controlled observational plots cannot vouch for every other area anddetermine correlating results for every geographical landscape subjected towildfires, however it would be ignorant to belittle the information extracted fromthis thorough experiment. The damages that come alongside will have everlasting effects on the world we see today and the world that will be here forgenerations to come. Although they are not the sole component, the rapiddecline of scattered trees takes down much more than just a large piece of barkwith leaves. Each tree is home to thousands of insects and species that are diminishedwith each wildfire and impact the working and functioning of our ecosystem. Abundancywithin an ecosystem is essential in maintaining the natural balance of theenvironment. The importance of a species rich ecosystem lies in its enduranceof chaos such as natural disasters and other potential distress.

The more anecosystem lacks this key element the greater damage it will experience if atany point one it’s so few species is endangered or extinct.  In conclusion we can evaluate the negative consequencesof wildfires from the findings of this study. With this data we can acknowledgethe detrimental effects on biodiversity that coincide with the everlasting plungein population of the scattered trees.  Ashumans we should do our part to contribute in any way that saves ourenvironment as it is slowly deteriorating at the tip of our fingers. It is acollective effort that should be of the upmost priorities amongst human beings.Although this experiment pertains to one certain geographical area, those whoreside in California can simply step foot outside to see and feel firsthand howimpactful, dangerous and truly inconceivable the effects of a wildfire canhave. They’re fast spreading nature and power are hard to stop and we as humansshould look at this cry for help mother nature is pleading to us. The cycle ofthe environment is one that is complex but every part of it is intertwined.

Carbon dioxide, climate change, wildfires, uprising sea levels, starvinganimals are all part of this web that must be cared for and protected ratherthan exploited and hazardous to all. Our environment is home to not only us butall.   


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