New Forests

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 213–220 | Cite as

Plot size and shape for the early assessment of post-fire regeneration in Aleppo Pine Stands

  • Piermaria Corona
  • Vittorio Leone
  • Antonio Saracino


Aleppo pine stands account for a third of the burned forests in the Mediterranean basin. The early assessment of post-fire regeneration is essential for the management of such stands. The assessment should be based on reliable and objective methods. In the Mediterranean basin, plot size and shape applied in regeneration survey designs and sampling schemes differ considerably. A study involving twelve stands (7 unharvested and 5 harvested) in the Province of Taranto (southern Italy) was carried out 38 months after a fire, by comparing plots of different shape and size within a plot-count sampling frame. The relative efficiency method was used to compare the efficiency of each size and shape. Early regeneration of Aleppo pine proved to be best assessed by 8m × 2m plots, i.e. by a plot size four times wider than the most commonly used one (2m × 2m). The need for such wide plots depends upon the typical spatial arrangement of the seedlings whose clustering is associated with the presence of seed bearing trees.

Pinus halepensis subsp. halepensis plot-count sampling post-fire regeneration relative efficiency method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piermaria Corona
    • 1
  • Vittorio Leone
    • 2
  • Antonio Saracino
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Assestamento e Tecnologia ForestaleUniversità di FirenzeFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Produzione VegetaleUniversità della BasilicataPotenzaItaly

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