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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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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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