Researchers investigated the influence of brush cutting and prescribed fire on soil heating levels relevant to restoration goals. Preliminary results support a growing body of evidence that high subsurface moisture and low soil temperatures of late dormant season burns dampen the desired soil heating effects, regardless of fuel additions. Presenters discuss the implication of their results for reversing the interrelated processes of woody densification and mesophication of pine barren, savanna, and woodland ecosystems of the northern Great Lakes region.
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
- Brian R. Sturtevant, PhD
- Matthew B. Dickinson, PhD
- Christel C. Kern, PhD
- Randy K. Kolka, PhD
- Deahn M. Donner, PhD
Michigan State University, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
- Jessica R. Miesel, PhD
- Kathleen M. Quigley, PhD
This webinar is presented as part of the 2018-2019 webinar series hosted by the Lake States Fire Science Consortium.