Fire effects on ponderosa pine soils and their management implications

Wallace W Covington, S. S. Sackett

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Abstract

Describes changes in soil properties including decreasing the amount of nutrients stored in fuels (forest floor, woody litter, and understory vegetation), increasing the amount of nutrients on the soil surface (the "ashbed effect'), and increasing the inorganic N and moisture content in the mineral soil. Soil temperatures are increased above lethal levels under heavy fuels, probably killing both microbes and roots. Soil pH appears not to be substantially affected by burning. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeneral Technical Report - US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pages105-111
Number of pages7
EditionRM-191
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Covington, W. W., & Sackett, S. S. (1990). Fire effects on ponderosa pine soils and their management implications. In General Technical Report - US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (RM-191 ed., pp. 105-111)