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The effect of spring prescribed fires on nitrogen dynamics within riparian and stream ecosystems - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program

Year Published: 2007
Description:

The effects of prescribed fires on nitrogen dynamics in N limited headwater ecosystems in the northern Rocky Mountains of central Idaho are being investigated. This replicated study studies causal mechanisms that regulate nitrogen (N) dynamics between small headwater streams, riparian vegetation and soil following spring prescribed burns. Mechanisms investigated include soil N pool sizes, mineralization and nitrification rates, N retention by terrestrial vegetation and stream biota, and N export in stream water. This study is linked to another project funded by JFSP (wildfire effects on N dynamics, JFSP project number: 05-2-1-41). This project will help land managers to understand the tradeoffs and synergy between fuel reduction programs and watershed ecosystem functions.

Citation: Kavanagh, Kathleen L., G. Wayne Minshall and Neil Bosworth. 2007. The effect of spring prescribed fires on nitrogen dynamics within riparian and stream ecosystems - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program. JFSP Project No. 04-2-1-97. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources. 8 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Water
Ecosystem(s): Riparian woodland/shrubland
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11173
FRAMES RCS number: 797
Record updated: Nov 29, 2017