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Notes: Soil Nitrogen Changes Associated with Slash Pile Burning in Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands

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Abstract:

A combination of a time sequence and an experimental approach, both with repeated measurements, was used to determine the effects of slash pile burning in a pinyon-juniper woodland. Results showed that burning caused mediate increases (approximately 50-fold) in soil ammonium concentrations. Nitrate concentrations were not immediately affected; however, by one year after burning, nitrate concentrations were approximately 20 times higher where piles had been burned than in unburned controls. These increases in inorganic nitrogen disappeared by year 5 after burning. Such a combination of repeated measures with both a time sequence approach and an experimental approach offer a procedure for rapidly estimating long-term response functions in forest research. For. Sci. 37(1):347-355.

Keywords: Ammonium; fire effects; nitrate; response function methodology

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Research Assistant, Bilby Research Center, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011

Publication date: March 1, 1991

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