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A Synthesis of Sierran Forest Biomass Management Studies and Potential Effects on Water Quality

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dc.contributor.author Miller, Watkins W.
dc.contributor.author Johnson, Dale W.
dc.contributor.author Karam, Sarah L.
dc.contributor.author Walker, Roger F.
dc.contributor.author Weisberg, Peter J.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-13T20:48:18Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-13T20:48:18Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6781
dc.description.abstract "The Lake Tahoe basin, located along the California and Nevada border between the Carson and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, represents a complex forested ecosystem consisting of numerous sub-watersheds and tributaries that discharge directly to Lake Tahoe. This synthesis focuses on historical and current nutrient pools and the effects of biomass management in watersheds of the basin relative to their potential impacts on nutrient (N, P) related discharge water quality. An accumulating forest floor as a result of fire suppression has resulted in the build-up of large nutrient pools that now provide a natural source of long term nutrient availability to surface waters. As a consequence, stand and forest floor replacing wildfire may cause a large magnitude nutrient mobilization impact on runoff water quality. Hence, mechanical harvest and controlled burning have become popular management strategies. The most ecologically significant long-term effects of controlled fire appear to be the loss of C and N from the forest floor. Although the application of controlled fire may have some initial impact on overland/litter interflow nutrient loading, controlled burning in conjunction with mechanical harvest has the potential to improve runoff water quality by reducing N and P discharge and improving the overall health of forest ecosystems without the danger of a high intensity wildfire." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject water quality en_US
dc.subject Sierra Nevada en_US
dc.subject forests en_US
dc.title A Synthesis of Sierran Forest Biomass Management Studies and Potential Effects on Water Quality en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Forests en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 131-153 en_US

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