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      Soil Characteristics and Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contortavar.latifolia) Performance Two Decades after Disk Trenching of Unburned and Broadcast-Burned Plots in Subboreal British Columbia

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      International Journal of Forestry Research

      Hindawi Limited

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          We examined the effects of low-impact broadcast-burning and disk-trenching planting position (control, hinge, trench) on soil characteristics and lodgepole pine foliar nutrition and growth over two decades at a subboreal site in British Columbia, Canada. Broadcast burning had virtually no effect on either the bulk density or chemical properties of soil. In contrast, significant reductions in soil bulk density and increases in soil nutrient availability persisted for 20 years in hinge position soils relative to undisturbed (control) soil between trenches. These effects on bulk density and nutrient availability are associated with significant differences in pine size by year 6. Burning and planting positions interacted significantly in their effect on pine height, diameter, and stem volume for at least 19 years. Pine survival was high regardless of burning or planting position. Neither broadcast burning nor planting position significantly affected lodgepole pine foliar nutrient status in this study.

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                Journal
                International Journal of Forestry Research
                International Journal of Forestry Research
                Hindawi Limited
                1687-9368
                1687-9376
                2011
                2011
                : 2011
                :
                : 1-17
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                10.1155/2011/752359
                © 2011

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