Soil Conservation

“Fire is recognized as an important component of a healthy forest ecosystem at Lake Tahoe. Prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans, studies indicate low or moderate intensity wildfires burned thousands of acres each year. The desired condition identified by the Lake Tahoe Forest Health Consensus Group is a forest that looks and functions as it did before the loggers for Comstock mines harvested the trees in the mid 1800s … Due to drought, overstocked forest stands, and the suppression of fire since the Comstock logging era, some of the Tahoe Basin’s forests are in a serious state of decline.” — Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum, Fire Suppression Media Brief

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  • Johnson, D. W., Walker, R. F., Glass, D. W., Miller, W. W., Murphy, J. D., & Stein, C. M. (2012). The effect of rock content on nutrients in a Sierra Nevada forest soil. Geoderma173, 84-93.
  • Walker, R. F., Fecko, R. M., Frederick, W. B., Miller, W. W., & Johnson, D. W. (2012). Fire Injury Severity in an Eastern Sierra Nevada Mixed Conifer Stand: Variability and Influencing Factors. Journal of Sustainable Forestry31(6), 469-492.
  • Johnson, B. G., Johnson, D. W., Miller, W. W., Carroll-Moore, E. M., & Board, D. I. (2011). The effects of slash pile burning on soil and water macronutrients.Soil Science176(8), 413-425.
  • Johnson, D. W., Miller, W. W., Rau, B. M., & Meadows, M. W. (2011). The nature and potential causes of nutrient hotspots in a Sierra Nevada Forest Soil.Soil Science176(11), 596.
  • Caldwell, T. G., Johnson, D. W., Miller, W. W., Qualls, R. G., & Blank, R. R. (2009). Prescription fire and anion retention in Tahoe forest soils. Soil Science,174(11), 594.
  • Johnson, D.W., M.E. Fenn, W.W. Miller, and C.T. Hunsaker. 2009. Fire effects on carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests of the Sierra Nevada. Chapter 18. pp 405-424 In: A. Bytnerowicz, M. Arbaugh, A. Riebau, and C. Anderson (eds). Wildland Fires and Air Pollution. Developments in Environmental Science 8. Elsevier, Amsterdam.
  • Glass, D. W., Johnson, D. W., Blank, R. R., & Miller, W. W. (2008). Factors affecting mineral nitrogen transformations by soil heating: A laboratory-simulated fire study. Soil Science173(6), 387.
  • Johnson, D. W., Fenn, M. E., Miller, W. W., & Hunsaker, C. F. (2008). Fire effects on carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests of the Sierra Nevada.Developments in environmental science8, 405-423.
  • Johnson, D., Murphy, J. D., Walker, R. F., Glass, D. W., & Miller, W. W. (2007). Wildfire effects on forest carbon and nutrient budgets. ecological engineering31(3), 183-192.
  • Johnson, D.W., and D.W. Cole. 2005. Chapter 11. Nutrient cycling in conifer forests. pp. 451-464 In: Andersson, F. (ed.) Coniferous Forests. Ecosystem of the World, Vol 6. Elsevier, Amsterdam. 632 p.
  • Johnson, D.W., J.D. Murphy, R.B. Susfalk, T.G. Caldwell, J.R. Murphy, W.W. Miller, R.F. Walker, R.F. Powers. (2005). The Effects Of Wildfire, Salvage Logging, And Post-Fire N Fixation On The Nutritient Budgets Of A Sierran Forest. Forest Ecology and Management (in press).
  • Johnson, D.W., R.B. Susfalk, T.G. Caldwell, J.R. Murphy, W.W. Miller, R.F. Walker. (2004). Fire Effects On Carbon And Nitrogen Budgets In Forests. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution: Focus 4(2-3):263-275. AbstractOnline Article (UNR access only)
  • Cobourn, J. (2004). Integrating Hazardous Fuel Reduction With Ecological Restoration. LTEEC Newsletter 4(2):1-2.
  • Langlois, J.L., D.W. Johnson, G.R. Mehuys. (2003). Adsorption And Recovery Of Dissolved Organic Phosphorus And Nitrogen Losses Due To Prescription Fire. Soil Science Society of America Journal 67(3):889-894. AbstractOnline Article (UNR access only)
  • Smith, E., Skelly, J. (2003). Living With Fire In The Lake Tahoe Basin. Cooperative Extension Curriculum MaterialsCM-03-12. Online publication
  • Johnson, D.W., R.J. Norby, and B.A. Hungate. (2001). Effects of Elevated CO2 on Nutrient Cycling in Forests. pp. 237-252 In: , D.F. Karnowsky, R.F. Cuelemans, G.E. Scarascia-Mugonozza,a nd J.L. Innes.  The
    Impact of  Carbon Dioxide and Other Greenhouse Gases on Forest Ecosystem. Report No. 3 of the IUFRO Task Force on Environmental Change.
    CABI Publishing, Wallingord, UK357 p.
  • Johnson, D.W., P.J. Hanson, and D.E. Todd. (2003). Nutrient availability and cycling. Ch. 23. pp. 396-416 In: P.J. Hanson and S.D. Wullshleger (eds.). North American temperate deciduous forest responses to changing precipitation regimes. Ecol. Studies 1666. Springer, New York. 472 p.
  • Caldwell, T. G., D. W. Johnson, W. W. Miller , Qualls, R.G. (2002). Forest Floor Carbon And Nitrogen Losses Due To Prescription Fire. Soil Science Society of America Journal 66(1):262-267.
  • Bradley, T. and P. Tueller. (2001). Effects Of Fire On Bark Beetle Presence On Jeffrey Pine In The Lake Tahoe Basin. Forest Ecology and Management 142(1-3):205-214. Online Article (UNR only)
  • Johnson, D.W., R.B. Susfalk, R.A. Dahlgren, J.M. Klopatek. (1998). Fire Is More Important Than Water For Nitrogen Fluxes In Semi-Arid Forests. Environmental Sciences and Policy 1(2):79-86. Online Article (UNR access only)
  • Huntsinger, L. (1997). Managing Nature: Stories Of Dynamic Equilibrium. Report — University of California Water Resources Center 92:3-8.

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