Carbon and nitrogen eroded from burned forests in the western U.S.
Post-wildfire landscapes and downstream aquatic resources are influenced by carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) losses from soil erosion. As opposed to soil erosion, rarely measured losses of sediment C and N may account for a substantial portion of fire impacts. We measured erosion of C and N following eight wildfires for four to six years in the western U.S and compared losses from untreated, burned hillslopes and small catchments with those from adjacent areas that received erosion mitigation treatments. Losses of C, N and sediment were greatest the first two years and declined in subsequent years. ...
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