Fire effects on ponderosa pine soils and their management implications

W. W. Covington, S. S. Sackett

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Describes changes in soil properties including decreasing the amount of nutrients stored in fuels (forest floor, woody litter, and understory vegetation), increasing the amount of nutrients on the soil surface (the "ashbed effect'), and increasing the inorganic N and moisture content in the mineral soil. Soil temperatures are increased above lethal levels under heavy fuels, probably killing both microbes and roots. Soil pH appears not to be substantially affected by burning. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-111
Number of pages7
JournalGeneral Technical Report - US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Issue numberRM-191
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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