Experimental restoration treatments for burn pile fire scars in conifer forests of the Front Range, Colorado
Drastic changes in soil physical, chemical, and biotic properties following slash pile burning and their lasting effects on vegetation cover have been well documented in ecosystems worldwide. However, processes that inhibit burn scar recovery are poorly understood as are the means for their rehabilitation. This study compared plant and soil responses to a number of surface treatments designed to alter microclimate, moisture infiltration, and nutrient status of recently burned slash piles along the Front Range of Colorado. Hand-applied surface manipulation treatments including: scarification, ...