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Project ID: 99-1-3-13

Year: 1999

Date Started: 09/10/1999

Date Completed: 05/13/2004

Title: Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling by Microbial Decomposers Following Thinning and Burning in a Southwest Ponderosa Pine Ecosystem

Project Proposal Abstract: Determination of impacts to functional decomposer populations and their role in C and N cycling following different levels of mechanical thinning and interaction with fire will allow better prescriptions that maintain soil quality and ecosystem sustainability. Southwest ponderosa pine ecosystems are nitrogen limited, therefore determining thinning levels and burning effects that provide plant available N without reducing the long-term total N pool is essential. By incorporation of practices that mitigate detrimental affects to microbial populations, long-term stability in soil quality and N available for plant growth, will greatly improve chances to succeed in creating vegetative communities of these fire-prone forest ecosystems that reduce the hazards of catastrophic fire.

Principal Investigator: Daniel G. Neary

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Southwest Forest Science Complex

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Federal Cooperator

Daniel G. Neary

Forest Service

RMRS-Southwest Forest Science Complex

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Southern Rockies


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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
    3257 Journal Article Manuscripts will be completed submitted for publication in the latter part of 2004 to the folllowing journals: Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Soil Science Society of America and Soil Ecology.
    16 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Effect of Thinning Ponderosa Pine on Microbial Communities
    17 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Technology Transfer Consultations
    483 Invited Paper/Presentation Poster/Paper Presentation

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