Estimating consumption and remaining carbon in burned slash piles
Abstract:Fuel reduction treatments to reduce fire risk have become commonplace in the fire adapted forests of western North America. These treatments generate significant woody debris, or slash, and burning this material in piles is a common and inexpensive approach to reducing fuel loads. Although slash pile burning is a common practice, there is little information on consumption or even a common methodology for estimating consumption. As considerations of carbon storage and emissions from forests increase, better means of quantifying burn piles are necessary. This study uses two methods, sector sampling and a form of line intersect sampling, for estimating both the percent consumption and conversion to charcoal in slash piles of ponderosa pine (
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: The Forest Guild, Santa Fe, NM 87504, USA. 2: School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA 3: College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812, USA.
Publication date: September 22, 2012
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