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Prescribed Burning White Spruce Slash in Interior Alaska

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Broadcast burning following harvesting on flood-plain sites in Alaska substantially decreased residual organic material and increased exposed mineral soil. Two forest types were studied: white spruce/alder/feathermoss and white spruce/alder/lingenberry/feathermoss. The latter site contained permafrost. Fuel was reduced 67% and 81%, respectively; organic horizon thickness was decreased 43% to 2.9 in (7.4 cm) and 55% to 2.5 in (6.4 cm), respectively; and mineral soil exposure was 13% and 8%, respectively. Burning created good conditions for planting on both types. In addition, mechanical site preparation to increase mineral soil exposure appears to be necessary to achieve adequate, well-distributed regeneration from seed. North. J. Appl. For. 3:16-18, Mar. 1986.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Institute of Northern Forestry, 308 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks, AL 99701

Publication date: 1986-03-01

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