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Effects of Fire on an Ashe Juniper Community

Robert L. Wink and Henry A. Wright
Journal of Range Management
Vol. 26, No. 5 (Sep., 1973), pp. 326-329
DOI: 10.2307/3896847
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3896847
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Abstract

In an ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei) community a minimum of 1,000 kg/ha of fine fuel was needed to carry a fire to kill juniper seedlings and burn piles of dozed juniper. Grasses recovered quickly and soil erosion was minimal when burning was done during a wet winter and spring. During a dry winter and spring, however, burning increased drouth stress on plants, reduced herbaceous yields, and exposed soil to wind and water erosion for a long period of time when soil moisture was low.

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