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Nutrient and carbon retention in riparian and hillslope forests after mountain pine beetle infestation and timber harvesting in Colorado (Abstract)Author(s): Chuck Rhoades; Carl Chambers; Kelly Elder; Derek Pierson; Banning Starr
Source: In: Proceedings of the American Water Resources Association 2012 Summer Specialty Conference; Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy; June 27-29, 2012; Denver, Colorado. Online: http://www.awra.org/proceedings/Summer2012/Riparian/index.html
Publication Series: Abstract
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionMountain pine beetle outbreaks have caused an unprecedented amount of tree mortality in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming forests over the past decade. The extensive overstory mortality and associated salvage logging activities may threaten the sustained delivery of clean water from beetle-affected forests. In this study, we evaluate nutrient retention by riparian buffers consisting of beetle-killed trees and examine nutrient responses to harvesting of hillslope and riparian forests dominated by lodgepole pine. Here, we compare nutrient leaching and soil nutrient pools between beetlekilled stands and salvage-logged units for a three year period.
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CitationRhoades, Chuck; Chambers, Carl; Elder, Kelly; Pierson, Derek; Starr, Banning. 2012. Nutrient and carbon retention in riparian and hillslope forests after mountain pine beetle infestation and timber harvesting in Colorado (Abstract). In: Proceedings of the American Water Resources Association 2012 Summer Specialty Conference; Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy; June 27-29, 2012; Denver, Colorado. Online: http://www.awra.org/proceedings/Summer2012/Riparian/index.html
Keywordsmountain pine beetle, timber harvesting, soil nutrient pools, Colorado
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