Forest fire: Effects on phosphorus movement to lakes

John G. Mccoll, David F. Grigal

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After a wildfire in the virgin forest of a lake-watershed region in northeastern Minnesota, the phosphorus concentration in the runoff was elevated for 2 years and decreased in the third year. However, there was no increase in the phosphorus concentrations of a lake and its input stream. This indicates that, under similar circumstances, controlled burning will not damage streams or lakes by elevating phosphorus levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1109-1111
Number of pages3
Issue number4193
StatePublished - Jan 1 1975


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