Soil and nutrient losses following site preparation burning in a harvested loblolly pine site

J. P. Field, K. W. Farrish, E. A. Carter

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Abstract

Soil loss and nutrient concentrations in runoff were evaluated to determine the effects of site preparation burning on a recently harvested loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) site in east Texas. Soil and nutrient losses prior to treatment were approximately the same from control plots and pretreatment burn plots. Nutrient analysis of runoff samples indicated that the prescribed burn caused increased losses of N, P, K, Ca, and Mg from treatment plots. Results also indicate a significant increase in sediment concentration and soil loss from plots following the prescribed burning application. The data indicate a gradual decline in soil loss and nutrient concentration over time from treatment plots with respect to control plots. Soil loss following treatment was within the normal range of soil loss for an uncut forest in the south.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1697-1703
Number of pages7
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Volume46
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Erosion
  • Nutrient loss
  • Prescribed burning
  • Sediment
  • Soil loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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