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dc.contributor.authorRau, Benjamin M.
dc.contributor.authorChambers, Jeanne C.
dc.contributor.authorBlank, Robert R.
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Dale W.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-05T07:10:56Z
dc.date.available2020-09-05T07:10:56Z
dc.date.issued2008-03-01
dc.identifier.citationRau, B. M., Chambers, J. C., Blank, R. R., & Johnson, D. W. (2008). Prescribed fire, soil, and plants: burn effects and interactions in the central Great Basin. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 61(2), 169-181.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2111/07-037.1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/642938
dc.description.abstractPinyon and juniper expansion into sagebrush ecosystems results in decreased cover and biomass of perennial grasses and forbs. We examine the effectiveness of spring prescribed fire on restoration of sagebrush ecosystems by documenting burn effects on soil nutrients, herbaceous aboveground biomass, and tissue nutrient concentrations. This study was conducted in a central Nevada woodland and included control and burn treatment plots sampled before and after a prescribed fire. Six native understory plant species (Crepis acuminata, Eriogonum umbellatum, Eriogonum elatum, Poa secunda secunda, Festuca idahoensis, and Lupinus argenteus) important for native sagebrush obligate foragers were chosen to represent the understory plant community. L. argenteus is also important for system nutrient cycling and nitrogen fixation. Plants were collected from three microsites (under tree canopy, under shrub canopy, and interspace) common in transitional woodlands during peak growth the summer before a spring prescribed burn and each of two summers following the burn. Soils were collected from corresponding locations at two depth intervals (0-8 and 8-52 cm) to determine the relationships between soil and plant nutrients following fire. Microsite affected soil nutrients but did not influence plant tissue concentrations with the exception of F. idahoensis. Burning resulted in increases in soil surface NH+4 , NO-3 , inorganic N, Ca2+, Mn2+, and Zn2+. Increases in NO-3 , inorganic N, and Zn2+ were also observed in deeper horizons. Burning did not affect aboveground plant biomass or nutrient concentrations in the first year with the exception of F. idahoensis, which had increased tissue P. By the second year, all species had statistically significant responses to burning. The most common response was for increased aboveground plant weight and tissue N concentrations. Plant response to burning appeared to be related to the burn treatment and the soil variables surface K+, NO-3 , and inorganic N. 
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectplant nutrition
dc.subjectprescribed fire
dc.subjectsoil nutrients
dc.subjectwoodland encroachment
dc.titlePrescribed Fire, Soil, and Plants: Burn Effects and Interactions in the Central Great Basin
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalRangeland Ecology & Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Rangeland Ecology & Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.source.volume61
dc.source.issue2
dc.source.beginpage169-181
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-05T07:10:56Z


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