Eroded soil with B horizon
exposed, in pioneer lo-wood plot.
Erosional deposition uphill of a
stump, in pioneer lo-wood plot.
Post-fire needle-fall, in
Panther control plot.
Needle-fall appears to have reduced
erosion, in the Panther control plot.
Hypothesis B: “Wildfires sterilize the soil and cause irreversible
soil damage—therefore reducing long-term productivity.”
Many processes are active
during and after a fire and
must be accounted for,
including volatilization of
erosion, and needlefall.