Prescribed fire: effects on water quality and forest nutrient cycling.


Journal Article

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Richter, DD; Ralston, CW; Harms, WR

Published Date

  • February 1, 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 215 / 4533

Start / End Page

  • 661 - 663

PubMed ID

  • 17842400

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17842400

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.215.4533.661


  • eng