Assessing potential long-term changes in Southern Appalachian Mountain forest soil chemistry from repeated use of fuel reduction treatmentsThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
In 1999, the national Fire and Fire Surrogate study was undertaken to address concerns regarding wildfire hazard reduction and the restoration of forest structure and function in many fire-excluded locations nationwide (Coates and others 2010, Schwilk and others 2009). Thirteen regions were included in this nationwide project, including the Southern Appalachian Mountains, with study sites located on the Green River Game Lands near Hendersonville, NC. As fuel reduction treatments were implemented across the country, a broad array of ecosystem properties and processes were measured and monitored to determine potential treatment effects, including soil chemistry.