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Soil Movement after Broadcast Burning in the Southern Appalachians

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Soil movement on slopes following high-intensity broadcast burning of logging slash in the Southern Appalachians was not increased on August-burned plots over that on clearcut plots and averaged 1.36t/ha/yr. Neither the amount of exposed mineral soil nor the weight of the fine root mat was significantly altered by burning. Infiltration rates were high (173 ± 25 cm/hr) on both burned and unburned plots. Burning reduced slash biomass 30-38%. The resulting ash significantly increased exchangeable nutrients and pH of eroded sediments. After one growing season, the shrub and herbaceous biomass on burned plots was twofold greater than on control plots. Logging slash can be burned under proper fuel and weather conditions without increasing soil movement in the Southern Appalachians. South. J. Appl. For. 12(1):49-53.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634

Publication date: February 1, 1988

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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