Canadian Forest Service Publications

Limited effect of wood ash application on soil quality as indicated by a multisite assessment of soil organic matter attributes. Joseph, R., Diochon, A., Morris, D., Venier, L.A., Emilson, C.E., Basiliko, N., Belanger, N., Jones. T., Markham. J., Rutherford, M.P., Smenderovac,E., Van Rees, K., Hazlett, P.W., Wiley (2022)

Year: 2022

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40748

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12928

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The objective of this publication was to assess the effects of wood ash application on soil organic matter attributes important to site fertility, productivity and soil biodiversity by assessing soil samples from eight different wood ash amendment study sites across Canada. The effects of wood ash were found to be limited and inconsistent suggesting no advantageous or detrimental effects on forest soil quality. These results have policy implications as wood ash applications to forest soils are common practice in some countries and are under consideration in Canada.