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Project ID: 11-1-8-2

Year: 2011

Date Started: 06/15/2011

Ending Date:  12/31/2014

Title: Belowground Impacts of Pile Burning in the Inland Northwestern U.S.

Project Proposal Abstract: Little information is available on the belowground impacts of slash pile burning on soil biological changes caused by heat flux into the soil as affected by soil texture and moisture. We propose to evaluate belowground impacts on mineral vs. ash-cap soils in a variety of fuel types in the Inland Northwest. Slash pile size and composition will be determined prior to installing heat pulse thermocouples. Slash piles will be burned in the fall (dry soil) and spring (wet soil) to determine how biological properties are altered. Additionally, the long-term impacts of slash pile burning are relatively unknown and therefore, we will evaluate >35 yr old burn areas for changes in soil chemical, physical, and biological properties. Although there are numerous slash pile studies, few are long-term and often retrospective; giving few details about the soil temperature pulse and its' longevity. Our data will contribute to National Forest System soil quality standards and the development of BMP's for slash piles to help managers protect soil function and productivity.

Principal Investigator: Deborah S. Page-Dumroese

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Susan T. Major

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Budget Contact

Edith M. Cates

Forest Service

RMRS-Rocky Mountain Research Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Ann M. Abbott

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow

Co-Principal Investigator

Martin F. Jurgensen

Michigan Technological University

School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Co-Principal Investigator

Christopher R. Keyes

University of Montana

College of Forestry & Conservation

Co-Principal Investigator

William J. Massman

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fort Collins

Collaborator/Contributor

Bret W. Butler

Forest Service

RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

Collaborator/Contributor

Derek W. Milner

Forest Service

Flathead National Forest

Collaborator/Contributor

Benjamin M. Rau

ARS-Agricultural Research Service

University Park, Pennsylvania

Collaborator/Contributor

Gina G. Rone

Forest Service

Idaho Panhandle NFs-Priest Lake Ranger District

Federal Cooperator

Deborah S. Page-Dumroese

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow


Project Locations

Consortium

Northern Rockies


Level

State

Agency

Unit

REGIONAL

Interior West

FS

STATE

MT

STATE

State Lands

REGIONAL

Pacific Coast States

FS


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