The Effect of Forest Fire on the Growth and Development of Tree Frog Tadpoles

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VCU Rice Rivers Center Research Symposium

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June 2017


Cope’s Gray Tree Frog: •Hylachrysoscelis(Cope’s Gray Tree Frog) is known for its abundance in wetlands and ponds along the eastern United States. •High levels of tadpole mortality often occur when larval performance is affected by predator presence or a poor aquatic environment. •Tadpoles require the right leaf litter quantity and quality, canopy cover, and food availability during development. Prescribed Burning: •Prescribed burning is a widely used forest management tool and can promote regeneration of the dominant vegetation through elimination of undesired species. •Fire is a dynamic disturbance that may alter habitat quality through a transient increase of pH and nutrient inputs such as nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and basic cations in aquatic systems. •The natural fire season is typically in the summer; however, prescribed burns normally occur in the spring and fall. •Managers should consider how the season of burning impacts


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