Forest Floor and Soil Influence on Response of Douglas-fir to Urea1
- R. L. Edmonds and
- T. Hsiang2
Data from the Regional Forest Nutrition Research Project (RFNRP) in Washington and Oregon were analyzed to improve stand-specific prediction of Douglas-fir [Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco] response to urea fertilization. The response variable (relative difference in volume growth between fertilized and control plots 4 yr after fertilization with 448 kg N/ha) was regressed against 28 stand and site variables (e.g., age, elevation, forest floor C/N ratio, soil cation exchange capacity, etc.) using stepwise multiple regression analysis. Data from 120 installations were stratified by thinning level (thinned or unthinned), geographic location (provinces), and site quality (site index and class). Forest floor C/N ratio was the dominant variable related to response. In thinned installations of high site quality (site classes 1 and 2), 60% of variation in response was explained by the forest floor C/N, and 75% of the variation in response was explained with inclusion of surface soil exchangeable K. In thinned, low site quality stands, response was not as well related to forest floor C/N. Analysis of the data by province indicated that S may be limiting in southwest Oregon and P in coastal Washington.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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