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Soils and nutrient considerations

Author(s): Thomas H. DeLuca
Year Published: 2012

Fire suppression has resulted in a buildup of forest litter and an accumulation of organic nitrogen, and a decrease in available potassium. This has changed the historic structure of soils and their nutrient content. Studies at 15 sites in Montana have looked at a wide range of changes in soil productivity following prescribed fire. Results indicate obvious benefits to the soils from reduction in fuel loading through fire, and renewed growth of desirable understory plants.

Citation: DeLuca, Thomas H. 2012. Soils and nutrient considerations. In: Smith, Helen Y., ed. The Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project: what we have learned, symposium proceedings; 1999 May 18-20; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-17. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 23-25.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Soils
Ecosystem(s): Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 11893
FRAMES RCS number: 13767
Record updated: Nov 15, 2017