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Project ID: 05-2-1-44

Year: 2005

Date Started: 05/11/2005

Date Completed: 06/04/2009

Title: Impacts of Post-Fire Salvage Logging and Wildfire Burn Intensity on Soil Productivity and Forest Recovery

Project Proposal Abstract: Post-fire salvage logging, currently underway in forests to recover economic value of burned timber killed by wildfire, may reduce burn severity of soils in the event of a reburn in areas with large amounts of dead wood. Yet, effects of salvage logging operations (e.g. compaction, subsoiling) and burn intensity in reburned areas on soil productivity and forest recovery remain poorly understood and are a local knowledge gap significant to fire recovery projects. We propose to examine the effects of salvage logging operations on soil productivity and young tree growth on 7 replicate sites, salvage logged 1 year after the Booth and Bear Butte (B&B) fire. The recent harvest of these timber sales, approved prior to the fire, provide a unique and timely opportunity to study the impacts of salvage logging. Within each site, we will measure the impacts of 3 treatments (burning with no further disturbance, compaction from heavy equipment, and compaction followed by subsoiling) on soil biological, chemical, and physical properties critical to soil productivity and growth of planted tree seedlings. To examine effects of repeated fire, we will continue measuring impacts of burn severity on soil recovery (soil microbe diversity, soil biological activity, soil nutrients) and growth of planted tree seedlings in a subset of 25 previously established paired plots of detrimentally burned and less severely burned soils. This work is critical to successful recovery projects on the B&B and other fire sites in mixed conifer forests throughout central Oregon.

Principal Investigator: Jane E. Smith

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-LWM-Land & Watershed Management-Corvallis


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

David C. Shaw

Oregon State University

Forest Resources

Federal Cooperator

Jane E. Smith

Forest Service

PNW-LWM-Land & Watershed Management-Corvallis


Project Locations

Consortium

Northwest


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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   3179 Journal Article Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation of Truffle Fungi in Forests of the Pacific Northwest
view or print   174 MS Thesis Impacts of Post-Fire Salvage Logging on Soil Chemistry, Physical Properties and Bacterial Community Composition in a Mixed-Conifer Forest in Central Oregon (T.N. Jennings)
view or print   2663 Photo Area That has Been Subsoiled After Salvage-Logging
view or print   2664 Photo Area of the B&B Fire Where Large Amounts of Down Wood from Previous Wildfire or Insect and Disease Mortality
view or print   1947 Photo Area Where a Stump was Nearly Consumed by the B&B Wildfire
    2538 Poster Effects of Prescribed Fire and Wildfire on Fungal Communities in Ponderosa Pine Forests in Eastern and Central Oregon USA
    2582 Poster Interactions Between Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Native and Non-Native Invasive Plant Species After Wildfire in the Cascade Range of Oregon, USA
    2583 Poster Interactions Between Soil Microbial Communities and Native and Non-Native Plant Species After Wildfire in the Cascade Range of Oregon
    2584 Progress Report April 11, 2006: Met with land managers at Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District to present progress of this JFSP project and to obtain details about site information.
    2348 Poster Investigating Life in Red Soils
    4578 Invited Paper/Presentation Investigating Soil Recovery After Severe Wildfire
    3779 Invited Paper/Presentation Fuels, Fire, and Fungi
    3780 Poster Effects of Seasonal Prescribed Fire and Fuel Reduction Treatments on the Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Community in Ponderosa Pine Forests
    3781 Invited Paper/Presentation Native Plant Restoration Following Wildfire and Non-Native Plant Invasion: Do Aboveground-Belowground Feedbacks Affect Native Plant Growth?
    3782 Conference/Symposia/Workshop B&B Fire Workshop: Soil Recovery After Wildfire and Salvage Logging
    3783 Poster Soil Recovery After Wildfire and Salvage Logging
    3784 Invited Paper/Presentation Soil Recovery Two Years After a High Severity Wildfire in the Cascade Range of Oregon
    3806 Invited Paper/Presentation Influence of Fire and Forest Restoration on Soil Fungal Diversity
    3807 Poster Impacts of Post-Fire Salvage Logging on Soil Bacteria Species Richness
    6463 Invited Paper/Presentation Post-Fire Microbial Interactions with Native and Non-Native Invasive Plant Species East of the Cascade Range, Oregon
    6464 Invited Paper/Presentation Soil Fungal Recovery in Severely Burned Soil
    6465 Invited Paper/Presentation Soil Fungal Recovery in Severely Burned Soil Two Years After a Stand Replacing Wildfire in Central Oregon
    6466 Poster Life in Red Soils: Investigating Soil Fungi Recovery During the First Two Years After Wildfire
    6689 Invited Paper/Presentation The Hot Dirt on Soil!! Recovery of Forest Soils After Fire
    6752 Invited Paper/Presentation Impacts of Post-Fire Salvage Logging on Soil Bacteria in Mixed Conifer Forests in Central Oregon
    6753 Invited Paper/Presentation Investigating Soil Fungal Recovery During the First Two Years After Wildfire
    6754 Invited Paper/Presentation Invasive Plant Species and Soil Microbial Response to Wildfire Burn Severity in the Cascade Range of Oregon
view or print   5461 Photo Areas of Severely Burned Soil After the B&B Wildfire
    5621 Poster Life in Red Soils: Investigating Forest Recovery After Wildfire
view or print   5424 Photo Wildfire-Killed Stand Marked for Post-Fire Logging After the B&B Fire
    6033 Invited Paper/Presentation Ground Control: A Belowground Perspective of Forests After Fire
view or print   7015 Photo B&B Fire-Photo Shows an Area Where an Entire Log has been Consumed by the Fire

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