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Forage quality in burned and unburned aspen communities

Author(s): Norbert V. DeByle, Philip J. Urness, Deborah L. Blank
Year Published: 1989

Selected forage species were sampled during the first and second summers after autumn prescribed burning of three sites in southeastern Idaho. They were analyzed for in vitro dry matter digestibility, protein, calcium, and phosphorus. This aspen type has a highly nutritious understory. Burning further improved the quality of the selected species only during the first postburn summer. Burning, however, changed species composition from shrubs to an abundance of palatable and nutritious forbs.

Citation: DeByle, Norbert V.; Urness, Philip J.; Blank, Deborah L. 1989. Forage quality in burned and unburned aspen communities. Res. Pap. INT-RP-404. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 8 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation
Ecosystem(s): Aspen woodland
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11483
FRAMES RCS number: 12652
Record updated: Mar 20, 2018