Prescribed Fire: Effects on Water Quality and Forest Nutrient Cycling

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Science  05 Feb 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4533, pp. 661-663
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4533.661


Prescribed fire, a practice applied annually to about 106 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.