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

Cataloging Information

Topic(s):
Fire Effects
Ecological - Second Order
Vegetation
Soils
Ecosystem(s):
Aspen woodland

NRFSN number: 12121
FRAMES RCS Number: 14032
Record updated: November 15, 2017

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.

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