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Watershed management problems and opportunities for the Colorado Front Range ponderosa pine zone: The status of our knowledge

Posted date: August 29, 2012
Publication Year: 
1975
Authors: Gary, Howard L.
Publication Series: 
Research Paper (RP)
Source: Res. Pap. RM-RP-139. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 32 p.

Abstract

The east flank of the Continental Divide consists largely of open timber stands and grasslands. Soils erode easily after abuse. Precipitation ranges from 15 to 20 inches, about two-thirds from high-intensity storms from April to September. Guidelines are provided for maintaining satisfactorv watershed conditions. The 3- to 5-inch water yields are comparatively small in contrast to yields of 12 to 25 inches from the high-altitude subalpine forests, but are important to development along the Front Range. Watershed management practices can be expected to provide practical alternatives for increasing water supplies.

Citation

Gary, Howard L. 1975. Watershed management problems and opportunities for the Colorado Front Range ponderosa pine zone: The status of our knowledge. Res. Pap. RM-RP-139. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 32 p.