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Soil and vegetation changes in a pinyon-juniper area in central Arizona after prescribed fire

Posted date: October 05, 2012
Publication Year: 
2000
Authors: Overby, Steven T.; Moir, Will H.; Robertson, George T.
Publication Series: 
Proceedings (P)
Source: In: Ffolliott, Peter F.; Baker Jr., Malchus B.; Edminster, Carleton B.; Dillon, Madelyn C.; Mora, Karen L., tech. coords. Land Stewardship in the 21st Century: The Contributions of Watershed Management; 2000 March 13-16; Tucson, AZ. Proc. RMRS-P-13. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 371-374.
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Abstract

Prescribed fire has been used as an inexpensive and rapid method for disposing of slash following fuelwood sales in pinyon-juniper sites. Soil heating during a fire has a direct effect on soil nutrients and microbial activity. The potential for understory cover quantity and quality, along with soil nutrient changes should be the determining factors in management decisions to use prescribed fire for slash disposal. Our investigation measured soil nitrogen and phosphorus changes, and the understory community following a prescribed fire in a pinyon-juniper site in central Arizona.

Citation

Overby, Steven T.; Moir, Will H.; Robertson, George T. 2000. Soil and vegetation changes in a pinyon-juniper area in central Arizona after prescribed fire. In: Ffolliott, Peter F.; Baker Jr., Malchus B.; Edminster, Carleton B.; Dillon, Madelyn C.; Mora, Karen L., tech. coords. Land Stewardship in the 21st Century: The Contributions of Watershed Management; 2000 March 13-16; Tucson, AZ. Proc. RMRS-P-13. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 371-374.