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    Author(s): B. M. Rau; R. R. Blank; J. C. Chambers; D. W. Johnson
    Date: 2007
    Source: Journal of Arid Environments. 71: 362-375.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Pinyon and juniper have been expanding into sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) ecosystems since settlement of the Great Basin around 1860. Herbaceous understory vegetation is eliminated as stand densities increase and the potential for catastrophic fires increases. Prescribed fire is increasingly used to remove trees and promote recovery of sagebrush ecosystems.

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    Citation

    Rau, B. M.; Blank, R. R.; Chambers, J. C.; Johnson, D. W. 2007. Prescribed fire in a Great Basin sagebrush ecosystem: Dynamics of soil extractable nitrogen and phosphorus. Journal of Arid Environments. 71: 362-375.

    Keywords

    burning, ecosystem succession, juniper, pinyon, soil nutrients

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