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Soil temperatures and suckering in burned and unburned aspen stands in Idaho

Author(s): Roger D. Hungerford
Year Published: 1988
Description:

Monthly average soil temperatures in a burned aspen stand ranged from 0 to 8 °F higher than in the unburned stand at depths to 12 inches for a site in southeastern Idaho. From June through August the first year after burning, soil temperatures were significantly different at all depths in burned and unburned stands. By the second and third years after burning, temperatures were not significantly different for most months. Temperatures were favorable for sucker initiation on burned plots. A hypothesis for a temperature threshold of 60 °F for sucker initiation is discussed.

Citation: Hungerford, Roger D. 1988. Soil temperatures and suckering in burned and unburned aspen stands in Idaho. Res. Note INT-RN-378. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 6 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Soils
Ecosystem(s): Aspen woodland
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 12121
FRAMES RCS number: 14032
Record updated: Nov 15, 2017