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Long-term forest soils research: Lessons learned from the US experience [Chapter 19]

Publications Posted on: June 25, 2020
Long-term research studies are critical to understanding soil productivity and the sustainability of forest and woodland ecosystems around the world. They inform management decisions about best harvest techniques, soil property impacts and recovery, anthropogenic stressors (e.g., forest management, acid rain, climate change), and the influence if governmental policies, guidelines, and regulations.

Connecting soils with forest productivity

Documents and Media Posted on: November 20, 2018
The productivity of Rocky Mountain forests is lower than forests in most other regions due to shorter growing seasons and low precipitation. Nutrient availability also appears to limit most forests in the region. Although operational fertilization remains uncommon in the region, standard forest management practices have large impacts on soils that can increase or decrease nutrient availability.Document Type: Other Documents

Proceedings- Management and Productivity of Western-Montane Forest Soils (April 1990- Boise, ID)

Pages Posted on: November 19, 2018
Harvey, Alan E.; Neuenschwander, Leon F., compilers. 1991. Proceedings - Management and productivity of western-montane forest soils; 1990 April 10-12; Boise, ID. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-280. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 254 p.

Productivity Documents

Pages Posted on: November 19, 2018
NFS Documents Research Publications Graduate Theses National Forest System (NFS) Documents  Region 1 Forest Service Handbooks

Monitoring forest soil properties to maintain productivity

Documents and Media Posted on: October 17, 2018
This paper addresses considerations necessary to construct a scientifically based sampling system for monitoring soils. A statistically sound method, which uses line transects, is described, and several applications for various sampling objectives are discussed.Document Type: Other Documents

Laws and regulations relating to soil quality monitoring and long term soil productivity

Pages Posted on: October 17, 2018
Organic Administration Act (1897)

Dominant soil formation processes and properties in western-montane forest types and landscapes—Some implications for productivity and management

Documents and Media Posted on: October 17, 2018
The principal soil orders in western-montane forests are Inceptisols, Alfisols, Andisols, and Mollisols. Soil moisture and temperature regimes strongly influence forest type distribution and productivity. The most productive and resilient forests are on soils with udic moisture and frigid temperature regimes.Document Type: Other Documents

Erosion and site productivity in western-montane forest ecosystems

Documents and Media Posted on: October 17, 2018
Soil loss from erosion affects site productivity by reducing the nutrient pool and water-holding capacity of the soil and by direct damage to vegetation. The effects of erosion depend on the type of erosion processes because of differences in the depth and areal extent of soil loss, the downslope rate of soil movement, and the probability of redeposition of eroded material.Document Type: Other Documents

Influence of fire on factors that affect site productivity

Documents and Media Posted on: October 17, 2018
Presettlement fire played an important role in nutrient cycling, plant succession, diversity, and stand dynamics in coniferous forests of western North America. Prescribed fire can maintain site quality and contribute to control of insect and disease problems while reducing wildfire hazard. Fire effects on soils are largely governed by interactions between fuel consumption and soil characteristics that influence soil heating.Document Type: Other Documents

Influences of volcanic ash and pumice deposition on productivity of western interior forest soils

Documents and Media Posted on: October 10, 2018
This paper is a synthesis of published research pertinent to soils developed from Mount Mazama tephra deposits in the Pacific Northwest. The research discussed includes studies of physical and chemical properties, of changes in these properties imposed by forest harvest, of relations between altered properties and tree growth, and of vegetation responses to fertilization. Document Type: Other Documents