Effects of long term drainage and restoration on soil properties of southern Rocky Mountain sedge fens, The
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Mountain sedge fens are unique ecosystems which require thousands of years to form, provide refuge for rare plant species, and are easily disturbed by human activity. Peatland soils are significant players in the global carbon cycle, storing 1/3 of the terrestrial carbon stock. Drained peat is a persistent source of atmospheric CO2, restoring the carbon storage function to disturbed peatlands is an increasingly important justification for peatland restoration. I measured water table dynamics and CO2 flux at three small fens (< 10 ha) in SW Colorado for one year before and one year after ...