Reply to comment on: 'burning management and carbon sequestration of upland heather moorland in the UK'

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From: Australian Journal of Soil Research(Vol. 48, Issue 1)
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Document Type: Article
Length: 643 words
Lexile Measure: 1590L

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In a recent paper (Farage et al. 2009) we reported on the use of rotational burning of heather (Calluna vulgaris) to improve the grazing and habitat, especially for grouse (Lapogus lapogus scoticus), using data collected from a grouse moor in the Yorkshire Dales, UK. The results from this study implied that careful burning management at this site did not have a major detrimental effect on the carbon budget, which for this moor lay within the range of an annual net loss of 34 g C/[m.sup.2] per year to a net uptake of 146 g C/[m.sup.2] per year.

In their comment on this paper, Legg et al. (2010, this issue) responded critically to the findings on the potential effect that heather burning has on the carbon balance. As clearly stated in our paper, the aim of this investigation was to provide some initial data on the impact that rotational burning of upland heather has on the local carbon budget. Many issues...

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