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Project ID: 11-3-1-21

Year: 2011

Date Started: 08/01/2011

Date Completed: 07/03/2013

Title: The Influence of Prescribed Fire and Understory Fuels Mastication on Soil Carbon Respiration Rates

Project Proposal Abstract: The understanding of soil carbon dynamics in forested systems has increased in importance as global climate change discussions recognize the key role forest soils play in global carbon cycles. The majority of carbon sequestered in most forested systems lies within the soils, with soil carbon respiration comprising a significant portion of total ecosystem carbon budgets. One method for assessing how management affects forest carbon dynamics is the measurement of soil carbon respiration rates. A variety of forest management activities, including prescribed fire, have been shown to significantly influence soil carbon respiration rates in the Western United States, yet these relationships are not well known in southern forests. Prescribed fire is the most prevalent forest management tool employed in the Southeastern US, and mechanical fuels mastication treatments are becoming more common in the region as concerns over smoke in the wildland urban interface grow. This study seeks to understand the influence of prescribed fire management regimes and mechanical fuels mastication treatments on soil carbon respiration rates in the flatwoods forest of the Osceola National Forest, representing the most common natural forest type in Florida.

Principal Investigator: Leda N. Kobziar

Agency/Organization: University of Idaho

Branch or Dept: College of Natural Resources

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Brian G. Prindle

University of Florida

Office of Research

Budget Contact

Brian G. Prindle

University of Florida

Office of Research

Co-Principal Investigator

David R. Godwin

University of Florida

School of Forest Resources & Conservation

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network









Osceola National Forest

Project Deliverables

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("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   87 Ph.D. Dissertation The influence of prescribed fire and understory fuels mastication on soil CO2 efflux rates in two North Florida flatwoods forests
view or print   7213 Poster Effect of Prescribed Fire and Mechanical Fuel Treatments on Soil Carbon Respiration in Pine Flatwoods
view or print go to website 7214 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Mechanical Fuels Reduction Treatments Effects on Fire Behavior, Fuel Loads, and Forest Ecology
  go to website 7215 Website University of Florida Fire Science Lab Research

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