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The nutrient content of Rocky Mountain vegetation: A handbook for estimating nutrients lost through harvest and burning

Posted date: August 20, 2015
Publication Year: 
1983
Authors: Stark, N. - Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station
Document type: White Papers

Citation

Stark, N. 1983. The nutrient content of Rocky Mountain vegetation: A handbook for estimating nutrients lost through harvest and burning. University of Montana, Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station, Missoula, MT. 81 p.

Description

Samples of forest components that are normally burned or removed during harvest were collected at the Coram Experimental Forest and the Lubrecht Experimental Forest and analyzed for elemental content. The elements calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, nitrogen, sodium, phosphorus and zinc in standard fuel-size categories were analyzed to help assess how much of these nutrients would be lost during harvesting or fires of different intensities. The data can be used to describe the essential nutrient content in forest biomass and for modeling. The proportioned weights and nutrient contents of vegetation examined in other studies can be related to the nutrient content of vegetation reported here. Estimates can be made of nutrient losses caused by harvesting and slash burning. Many of these procedures are complex, but the measurements and calculations can be invaluable when dealing with problem soils.