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Keyword: slash burn

Long term consequences of a controlled slash burn and slash mastication to soil moisture and CO2 at a southern Colorado site

Publications Posted on: May 23, 2013
Thinning of forest stands is frequently used to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire. But thinning requires that the refuse (or slash) be removed from the site, which can be done either by burning it or by mastication and dispersal. Either method has long term consequences to the soil and to soil moisture and soil CO2 levels.