Bush-control studies in the drier areas of Kenya. IV. Effects of controlled burning on secondary thicket in upland Acacia woodland.

Published online
27 Nov 1967
Content type
Journal article
Journal title
Journal of Applied Ecology

Thomas, D. B. & Pratt, D. J.

Publication language
Africa South of Sahara & Kenya


Observations on two burning regimes during a 3-year period in Machakos district (5200 ft. alt., rainfall 25 in./year) showed that these thickets can be cleared by burning. The five thicket species were all tolerant of one fire, but differed in susceptibility to subsequent fires; removal of Acacia brevispica (the most fire-tolerant) by hand or arboricides rather than by repeated burning is recommended. [Cf. F.A. 28 No. 637. KEYWORDS: Acacia brevispica \ Acacia \ Grazing aDd pasture \ Silviculture \ Weed trees and shruhs control burning \ Weed trees and shruhs \ chemical control \ Weed trees and shruhs control mechanical

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