Prescribed Fire: Effects on Water Quality and Forest Nutrient Cycling

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Journal: Science 1982/02/05
Published: 1982
Authors: Richter, D. D.;Ralston, C. W.;Harms, W. R.
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Prescribed fire, a practice applied annually to about 10(6) hectares of forests in the southeastern United States, had limited effects on soils, nutrient cycling, and hydrologic systems of a coastal plain pine forest. Hydrologic fluxes of nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and basic cations, from burned pine litter to ground and stream waters, are not likely to have appreciable impacts on water quality in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain.

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