Category: Ecological Research
Title: Soil Nitrogen Changes Associated with Slash Pile Burning in Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands
Author: * Covington, W.W. , Wood, D.B. , Young, D.L. , Dykstra, D.P. , Garrett, L.D.
Subject: Soil, Nutrient cycling, Pinyon-Juniper
Abstract: A combination of time sequence and an experimental approach, both with repeated measurements, was used to determine the effects of slash pile burning in a pinyon-juniper woodland. Results showed that burning caused immediate increases (approximately 50-fold) in soil ammonium concentrations. Nitrate concentrations were not immediately affected; however, by one year after burning, nitrate concentrations were approximately 20 times higher where piles had been burned than in unburned controls. These increases in inorganic nitrogen disappeared by year 5 after burning. Such a combination of repeated measures with both a time sequence approach and an experimental approach offer a procedure for rapidly estimating long-term response functions in forest research.
Source: Forest Science
Publisher: Society of American Foresters, http://www.safnet.org/