Seventeen-Year Changes in Climatic Elements Following Prescribed Burning

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Soil and air temperature, soil moisture, rainfall, and humidity were monitored after prescribed burning on a harvested, mature jack pine stand and on an adjacent, unburned and uncut forest in northeastern Minnesota. Greater temperature and humidity extremes and lower rainfall interception occurred on the burned area. Some differences between burned and unburned areas persisted for more than 17 postfire years. Early postfire herbaceous growth, later shrub development, and emergence of a sapling-sized jack pine and aspen forest all were associated with definite changes in postfire climatic conditions. Forest Sci. 27:33-39.

Keywords: Pinus banksiana; air temperature; fire effects; humidity; jack pine; microclimate; rainfall interception; soil temperature; temperature

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director of Research, Wilderness Research Foundation, Duluth, Minnesota, and Research Associate, College of Forestry, University of Minnesota

Publication date: March 1, 1981

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