Effects of prescribed fire on fuel accumulation rates and selected soil nutrients
KeywordsPrescribed burning -- Arizona -- Santa Catalina Mountains.
Forest soils -- Arizona -- Santa Catalina Mountains.
Forest litter -- Arizona -- Santa Catalina Mountains.
AdvisorZwolinski, Malcolm J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractFuel accumulation rate and total soil nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur following prescribed fires were studied. Three prescribed fires were conducted in S.E. Arizona ponderosa pine stands during the summers of 1979, 1980, and 1981. Samples of forest floor and larger diameter fuel and soil from the surface 1.5 inches and 1.5 to 3.0 inch layers were collected in the summer of 1981. Forest floor and total fuel accumulation averaged 5.4 to 6.7 and 6.3 to 8.9 tons/acre/year, respectively. Total nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur in the surface three inches of mineral soil were not significantly affected by burning. Soil nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur content averaged 0.21%, 344 ppm and 150 ppm, respectively, in the surface 1.5 inches and 0.11%, 285 ppm and 74 ppm, respectively, in the 1.5 to 3.0 inch layer.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Renewable Natural Resources