The the stark impact these wildfires are contributing to.

The population of scattered trees is a crucial element for
biodiversity in landscapes worldwide. Unfortunately their decline has been
gradually increasing, resulting in negative consequences for their surrounding environment.

The most evident and powerful force behind this decline has been wildfires and
this paper’s intent is to compare and examine the effects of wildfires on
numerous observational plots to make a concrete conclusion that highlights the
stark impact these wildfires are contributing to.

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            The negative consequences resulting
from wildfires in agricultural land seem endless; from their destructive nature
of homes, wildlife habitat and timber to their release of carbon dioxide in the
air- their unfortunate effects are still somehow overlooked and seem to be only
perpetuating more. Although one may not realize how harmful this loss of
biodiversity can be to the ecosystem and global climate, the results obtained
from this research illuminate the damage we should be aware of and
acknowledging as so to lower and eventually end the removal of one of the most
valuable structures in our environment. To determine the exact effects of
wildfires researchers observed scattered trees under two different
circumstances; one circumstance consisted of an observational plot where
scattered trees were exposed to fire and another observational plot where the
presence of fire was nonexistent. The study was conducted and completed in the
southern part of New South Wales. The fire seasons between five years of 2005
to 2010 were examined in this study and are where the twelve wildfires occurred.

 

 

Since 2005 there have been powerful and
consistent wildfires each year in just the south-western slopes alone. Almost
every year, as of 2005, consisted of multiple wildfires burning up to 24,285 ha
of land. With every wildfire we suffer not only an enormous loss of the
population of these scattered trees but also eliminate copious amounts of biodiversity
in these landscapes. The scattered tree population difference within the
observational plots in areas affected by wildfire versus those outside the
affected areas were disappointing but expected nonetheless. The scattered trees
were each physically located and marked as point objects and the total quantity
of objects  inside each plot was
calculated. This technique for checking scattered trees has previously been
proven to be quite precise. The tools used to indicate the results throughout
the experiment were the GIS (geographical information systems) software and
satellite imagery retrieved through a SPOT 5. These instruments revealed the difference
in number of scattered trees in both the fire affected and observational plots
and controlled non affected observational plots. Another consequence of the
wildfires that was tested was its effect on woody vegetation described as bundles
of patches of vegetation and scraps of trees. In statistical terms, observational
plots with fire exposure lost 19.9% of the scattered tree population and
consolidated 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 scattered
trees increased by 5.3% as so did the consolidated woody vegetation which
increased by 22.5% over the six year testing period. There are many aspects that
trigger scattered tree’s susceptibility to wildfires such as their prolonged
state of existence that cause decay, voids and dead substances. Their general
state 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 the
notion that wildfires have an immense and negative impact on biodiversity must
keep in my mind that not every other research may not parallel this date and
theory. Controlled observational plots cannot vouch for every other area and
determine correlating results for every geographical landscape subjected to
wildfires, however it would be ignorant to belittle the information extracted from
this thorough experiment. The damages that come alongside will have ever
lasting effects on the world we see today and the world that will be here for
generations to come. Although they are not the sole component, the rapid
decline of scattered trees takes down much more than just a large piece of bark
with leaves. Each tree is home to thousands of insects and species that are diminished
with each wildfire and impact the working and functioning of our ecosystem. Abundancy
within an ecosystem is essential in maintaining the natural balance of the
environment. The importance of a species rich ecosystem lies in its endurance
of chaos such as natural disasters and other potential distress. The more an
ecosystem lacks this key element the greater damage it will experience if at
any point one it’s so few species is endangered or extinct.

 

In conclusion we can evaluate the negative consequences
of wildfires from the findings of this study. With this data we can acknowledge
the detrimental effects on biodiversity that coincide with the everlasting plunge
in population of the scattered trees.  As
humans we should do our part to contribute in any way that saves our
environment as it is slowly deteriorating at the tip of our fingers. It is a
collective effort that should be of the upmost priorities amongst human beings.

Although this experiment pertains to one certain geographical area, those who
reside in California can simply step foot outside to see and feel firsthand how
impactful, dangerous and truly inconceivable the effects of a wildfire can
have. They’re fast spreading nature and power are hard to stop and we as humans
should look at this cry for help mother nature is pleading to us. The cycle of
the environment is one that is complex but every part of it is intertwined.

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