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Biochar potential to enhance forest resilience, seedling quality, and nursery efficiency

Year:

2020

Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Source:

Tree Planter’s Notes. 63(1): 61-68.

Description

Land managers face a mounting variety of challenges, including how to efficiently dispose of excessive woody residues on forest sites (especially in the Western United States), maintain and improve soil productivity, improve forest resilience to changes in climate (especially as it pertains to drought and fire), and increase the effectiveness of reforestation activities. The use of biochar, a charcoal that is not readily degraded and is made specifically for land application, may have a role in meeting these challenges. Moreover, biochar may provide nursery managers with opportunities to produce seedlings for reforestation and restoration in a more sustainable way, particularly by reducing irrigation inputs, as evidenced through several trials summarized here.

Citation

Dumroese, R. Kasten; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Pinto, Jeremiah R. 2020. Biochar potential to enhance forest resilience, seedling quality, and nursery efficiency. Tree Planter’s Notes. 63(1): 61-68.

Publication Notes

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