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Fire and fire-suppression impacts on forest-soil carbon [Chapter 13]

Page-Dumroese, Deborah; Jurgensen, Martin F.; Harvey, Alan E. 2003. Fire and fire-suppression impacts on forest-soil carbon [Chapter 13]. In: Kimble, J. M.; Heath, L. S.; Birdsey, R. A.; Lal, R. eds. The Potential of U.S. Forest Soils to Sequester Carbon and Mitigate the Greenhouse Effect. CRC Press. p. 201-210.

The potential of forest soils to sequester carbon (C) depends on many biotic and abiotic variables, such as: forest type, stand age and structure, root activity and turnover, temperature and moisture conditions, and soil physical, chemical, and biological properties (Birdsey and Lewis, Chapter 2; Johnson and Kern, Chapter 4; Pregitzer, Chapter 6; Morris and Paul, Chapter 7). Of increasing interest to U.S. and global soil C sequestration scenarios is the impact various forest management practices, such as harvesting, site preparation, reforestation, drainage, and fertilization, have on soil C pools and cycling (Post, Chapter 12; Hoover, Chapter 14). A subject of many recent studies is the possible effect of higher atmospheric C02 levels on forest-soil C accumulations caused by increased tree growth, changing internal C allocations, and alteration of climate temperature and precipitation patterns (e.g., Caspersen et al., 2000). Projected climate change may also increase the incidence and severity of wildfires in some forest regions, which could have a major impact on soil C pools (Flannigan et al., 2000; Stocks et al., 2000).

Keywords: carbon sequestration, forest soils

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