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Table 1 Pyrodiversity attributes produced by mixed-severity fires associated with high levels of biodiversity and ecosystem functions.

From: Accommodating Mixed-Severity Fire to Restore and Maintain Ecosystem Integrity with a Focus on the Sierra Nevada of California, USA

Mixed-severity fire attribute Ecological importance
Landscape heterogeneity Habitat for wide array of species—early to late seral associates
Mixture of foraging and nesting habitat for spotted owls
Complex stand structures Biological legacies: large snags, down wood, shrubs, flowering plants
Habitat for black-backed woodpeckers
Food web dynamics Complex trophic structure connected across seral stages with abundant food for certain taxa (e.g., beetle larvae for woodpeckers)
Pulsed nutrient inputs (aquatic and terrestrial)
Ecosystem processes Nutrient cycling and soil nutrient exchange, energy transfer from live to dead material, pollination, predator-prey (owls-mice)
Species composition Rich and varied, compared to old growth